Middle East

Iran state TV: Train collision kills 5; 20 reported injured

  • This picture released by Iranian Fars News Agency shows the scene of two trains collision about 150 miles (250 kilometers) east of the capital Tehran, Iran, Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. An Iranian official has told state TV that the death toll from a train collision in the country's north has increased to 31. The provincial governor, Mohammad Reza Khabbaz, says that so far 31 bodies have been found at the site of the crash on Friday morning. (Saeed Esmaeilpour, Fars News Agency via AP)

    This picture released by Iranian Fars News Agency shows the scene of two trains collision about 150 miles (250 kilometers) east of the capital Tehran, Iran, Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. An Iranian official has told state TV that the death toll from a train collision in the country's north has increased to 31. The provincial governor, Mohammad Reza Khabbaz, says that so far 31 bodies have been found at the site of the crash on Friday morning. (Saeed Esmaeilpour, Fars News Agency via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • This picture released by Iranian Fars News Agency shows the scene of two trains collision about 150 miles (250 kilometers) east of the capital Tehran, Iran, Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. An Iranian official has told state TV that the death toll from a train collision in the country's north has increased to 31. The provincial governor, Mohammad Reza Khabbaz, says that so far 31 bodies have been found at the site of the crash on Friday morning. (Saeed Esmaeilpour, Fars News Agency via AP)

    This picture released by Iranian Fars News Agency shows the scene of two trains collision about 150 miles (250 kilometers) east of the capital Tehran, Iran, Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. An Iranian official has told state TV that the death toll from a train collision in the country's north has increased to 31. The provincial governor, Mohammad Reza Khabbaz, says that so far 31 bodies have been found at the site of the crash on Friday morning. (Saeed Esmaeilpour, Fars News Agency via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Iran's state TV says a train collision in the country's north has killed at least five people and injured 20.

The report says the accident happened when a passenger train that was in motion hit another that had stopped in a station about 300 kilometers, or 185 miles, east of the capital, Tehran.

The casualties from the Friday morning crash were taken to nearby hospitals. There are fears the death toll could rise further.

The TV says that in the collision, four carriages derailed and two caught fire. It showed footage of rescue teams working near train carriages on fire.

Iran reports about 17,000 deaths on average in traffic accidents every year. The high accident rate is mostly blamed on drivers disregarding traffic laws, old vehicles and inadequate emergency services.