Iran has an unusually high rate of traffic accidents, with roughly 17,000 casualties each year, with people aged 15-30 being the main victims. (Supplied)

November 14, 2019

A road accident in Iran’s southeast has killed 28 Afghan nationals, the country’s semi-official ILNA news agency reports.

The report says 21 people were also injured when two vans collided near the town of Khash in Sistan and Baluchistan province early on Thursday. That’s about 1,500 kilometers, or 930 miles, southeast of the capital, Tehran.

The area is a frequent route used by traffickers to smuggle illegal Afghan migrants, usually in crammed vehicles in desperate conditions.

Iran has one of the world’s worst traffic safety records, which are blamed on disregard of traffic laws, unsafe vehicles and inadequate emergency services.

Every year some 17,000 people die in accidents in Iran. In July, 18 people were killed and 14 injured in two separate road accidents in central Iran.

AP

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