Death toll of Iran train disaster rises to 43

Tehran, Nov 25, IRNA - Iran's Red Crescent Society (IRCS) said on Friday that 43 people have died in train collision in Semnan province.

Speaking to IRNA, Morteza Mostafavi, spokesperson for the Iranian Red Crescent Society said that 100 people have been injured in the disaster.

Trains destined from Tabriz to Mashad and Mashad to Semnan collided at Haftkhan station in Shahroud and Damqan on Friday morning.

Technical inquiry into the disaster is underway.

President Hassan Rouhani on Friday expressed grief at deaths of passengers and crew in train crash and sought an immediate inquiry to be carried out by First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri about the humanitarian disaster in Semnan.

The President said in an executive order that those responsible for negligence which led to the train collision must be brought to justice.