At least 10 people died in a deadly accident on the Ahvaz-Khorramshahr highway in Iran’s southwestern Khuzestan province.
According to the local authorities, The incident took place on Saturday when multiple heavy and light vehicles collided with each other.
The provincial traffic police chief, Reza Dolatshahi, told state TV that the accident was reported at around 7 a.m. local time when a chain of five vehicles, including a minibus carrying workers of a local oil firm, a truck loaded with livestock, and three-light vehicles collided.
Among those killed are workers of the Yadavaran oil field, one of the largest oilfields in the country located near Iran’s border with Iraq, 60 km southwest of Ahvaz city.
Dolatshahi said the cause of the accident, which also injured more than a dozen people, is being investigated.
The highway between Ahvaz and Khorramshahr is prone to deadly mishaps, with many such tragic incidents reported over the years.
A journalist based in Khuzestan, Morteza Azhand said the roads in Khuzestan province are the “silent killers” of people who mourn the death of their families “every morning.”
According to Dolatshahi, a total of 442 people had lost their lives in road accidents in the province in the first eight months of this year.
He said the fatalities on Ahvaz-Khorramshahr highway had surged by 300 percent this year, blaming it mainly on lack of safety precautions, narrow roads, two-way traffic, and lack of guardrails.
Although its roads are generally in good condition, Iran has one of the world’s highest traffic death rates partly because of poor driving habits, as well as the impact of international sanctions which prevent upgrades to vehicles.
In another accident this month, six migrants from Afghanistan were killed in a head-on collision between a car and a truck near the central city of Yazd.
That came a week after nine people were killed in a collision between a truck and a minibus in the central province of Isfahan.