Car crash in Iran kills 14 illegal Afghan migrants

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency is reporting that a crash in southeastern Iran has killed 14 illegal Afghan migrants and injured 11 others.

The Thursday report says that the deadly accident involving two pickups took place Thursday morning on the Saravan-Khash road.

The report did not say what caused the crash.

The area has been scene of occasional clashes between narcotics smugglers, bandits and al-Qaida-affiliated rebels against police and border guards.

With some 17,000 casualties in road accidents in Iran each year, the country has one of the world’s worst traffic safety records. The high accident rate is mostly blamed on drivers disregarding traffic laws, old vehicles and inadequate emergency services.


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