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News number: 8806200479

15:04 | 2009-09-11

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Crash Kills 17 Pakistani Immigrants in Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- A road accident in northwest Iran claimed the lives of 17 Pakistani nationals, who were on their way to work in Europe by crossing the borders illegally.



The victims were on board a truck along with 7 other Pakistani nationals, when the vehicle skidded off the road and fell of a bridge in the highway connecting the two cities of Zanjan and Tabriz, press tv quoted the Iranian Tabnak news website on Friday.

Red Crescent workers and medics transferred the 7 people who survived the crash to a hospital in Tabriz.

Police said the accident, which took place at around 01:00 am local time on Thursday morning, was caused by the driver.

"The accident most probably took place because the driver fell asleep," said local Police Chief Ali-Reza Qasemi.

Qasemi also said that the vehicle was heading toward the Bazargan border crossing between Iran and Turkey when the crash happened.

According to the report, the illegal immigrants were planning to travel to Greece after crossing Turkey.