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Friday, December 19, 2014 11:43

Four killed, 36 injured in train accident

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Four people were killed and another 36 injured last night when a train travelling from Zahedan to Tehran derailed near Yazd.

IRNA cites Red Crescent officials who report that at 11:50 PM local time, the engine and two passenger wagons were derailed as the train was entering the Nazarabad Station in Yazd,

The train was travelling from the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan to the capital.

According to the report on IRNA, the train was carrying 324 passengers, and three of the fatalities were railway employees. A 70-year-old woman was also reported killed in the accident.

While the injured have reportedly been transferred to Yazd hospital, the rest of the passengers were taken to Tehran on a different route.

Officials are now investigating the cause of the accident. ISNA reports that a railway official has said that the train was travelling on a temporary route that was set up during construction of a bridge.