A passenger train partially derailed in eastern Iran early Wednesday, killing at least 17 people and injuring 50 more, including some critically, the authorities said, ONA reports citing Nytimes.
Initial details about the disaster involving the train, which was reportedly carrying about 350 passengers, remained unclear, but there were fears that the number of casualties could rise.
A passenger train partially derailed in eastern Iran on Wednesday morning, resulting in the death of at least 10 people, ONA reports citing IRNA news agency.
Up to five of the seven railway carriages derailed - some reports suggest that the accident was caused by a collision with an excavator which had been left on the railway tracks.
"At 5:30 this morning, the Mashhad-Yazd passenger train derailed on the Tabas axis, and unfortunately five people died in this accident," a statement from Iran's central emergency department said.
According to a spokesman for the department, 15 people are in critical condition and about 50 people were injured. Two Red Crescent aid teams and two helicopters were dispatched to the scene.