| 20 May 2024, Monday |

Mini-bus plunges off road into a valley in Iran, killing 16

A mini-bus plunged off a road into a valley, West of Iran, and lead to the death of 16 people and 12 others injured, according to Iran’s state TV. The report says the accident happened in Kurdish province of the Kordestan region on Thursday around noon.
According to the report, 12 injured people were taken to hospital in Sanandaj city. The country’s emergency organization deployed a rescue helicopter and an ambulance bus, as well as six ambulances to the scene.
Authorities did not report the cause of the accident, saying only that it was under investigation.
With some 17,000 deaths annually, Iran has one of the world’s worst traffic safety records, blamed on disregard of traffic laws, unsafe vehicles and inadequate emergency services.