Train Blast in Neyshaboor Iran



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TEHRAN (Irna) More than 200 are reported killed in Neyshaboor-Nishapur (near Mashad) train explosion

A train carrying fuel and industrial chemicals exploded in northeastern Iran, killing more than 200 people and injuring hundreds more, according to the official Islamic Republic News Agency.
Fifty-one runaway train wagons, set loose by earth tremors, were filled with petrol, fertiliser and sulphur products.

They exploded 20 km (13 miles) from the city of Nishapur on Wednesday, shattering windows within a radius of more than 10 km.

"The number of those killed in this disaster is now more than 200," the agency quoted Vahid Barkchi, an emergency official in the northeastern province of Khorasan as saying.

"The emergency team is transferring more than 350 injured to hospitals nearby," he added.

He warned that the final assessment of damage was likely to be far higher than these initial estimates.

IRNA said five villages were seriously damaged because of the explosion.

More than 40,000 people died in an earthquake on December 26 in the ancient citadel city of Bam in southeastern Iraq.


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