Bus crash in Iran kills 26 schoolgirls


By Yeganeh Torbati  www.reuters.com

(Reuters) – A passenger bus in southwestern Iran overturned on Friday evening, killing 26 female high school students on board, Iranian media reported on Saturday.

Eighteen others were injured when the bus, carrying students from the town of Borujen, flipped on the Izeh-Lordegan road, about 700 km (435 miles) southwest of the capital Tehran, Iranian media reported.

“Travelling at excess speeds on slippery roads was the cause of this accident,” Colonel Samad Esfandiari, a highway patrol official, told the Iranian Students’ News Agency.

The injured were taken to various hospitals in southwest Iran for treatment, state television said. More info