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Two trains collide in north-central Iran, killing 45

Two passenger trains collide at a station in the Iranian city of Shahroud, Semnan Province, November 25, 2016. (Photo by IRIB News Agency)

A total of 45 people have lost their lives and 103 others been injured in the collision of two passenger trains at a station in Iran’s north-central province of Semnan.

The collision happened at the Haf-Khan station near the city of Shahroud around 7:40 a.m. local time on Friday.

Seven rescue teams were dispatched to the site with helicopters and ambulances. A huge fire also broke out following the accident, further slowing down relief operations in subzero temperatures. 

The accident happened when a passenger train that was in motion hit another that had stopped at the station about 250 kilometers east of the capital, Tehran. The collision caused four carriages to derail and catch fire. 

President Hasssan Rouhani has ordered an investigation into the cause of the crash.

Minister of Roads and Urban Development Abbas Akhoundi said a team has been formed to conduct the investigation.

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