posted on Feb, 18 2004 @ 03:52 AM
IRAN - A train carrying gasoline, sulfur, and other chemicals derailed and exploded in Iran moments ago. At least 350 people are injured, and reports
indicate more than 200 people have died. It is expected the total number of victims will be significantly higher.
The incident occured near the town of Neyshabour in northeast Iran, which is about 400 miles east of Tehran.
The scene is being called "chaos," and medical personnel are struggling to evacuate the wounded to area hospitals. Due to the massive blast,
officials are having a difficult time assessing the true number of casualties.
Five villages are reported destroyed as a result of the tremendous explosion, heard as far as 50 miles away, according to Head of Disasters Vahid
Barakchi. Many of the dead are firefighters who were attempting to extinguish the blaze just before the explosion.
There are indications that an earthquake or earthquakes may have caused the 51 cars to derail. A 3.6 magnitude earthquake was recorded in the area at
the time of the accident.
This story is still developing. . .
[Edited on 18-2-2004 by Banshee]
[Edited on 18-2-2004 by SkepticOverlord]