12 female students killed in Iran road accident

AP — Iranian media are reporting that 12 female students have been killed in a road accident in the country’s south.

The Friday reports say the accident happened overnight when an intercity bus carrying 45 girls overturned on the road linking the town of Darab to Shiraz city some 1,100 kilometers (625 miles) south of the capital.

The other 33 girls were injured and taken to hospitals, 10 of them in critical condition, reports say.

The girls, mostly of junior high school age, are from southern Roudan and were to participate in a national conference of talented students in Shiraz.

With some 17,000 annual deaths, Iran has one of the world’s worst traffic safety records, often blamed on a combination of disregard for traffic laws, unsafe vehicles and inadequate emergency services.