Iran: At least 17 killed as passenger train derails

A passenger train partially derailed in eastern Iran early Wednesday, killing at least 17 people and injuring 50 more, including some critically, authorities said.The report said the number of casualties could rise, though initial details about the disaster involving a train reportedly carrying some 350 passengers remained unclear.Four of the seven cars in the train derailed in the early morning darkness near the desert city of Tabas, Iranian state television reported.Over a dozen people suffered critical injuries, with some transferred to local hospitals, officials said.Earlier Iranian media quoted the governor of Tabas, Ali Akbar Rahimi, as saying the crash killed at least 10 people and that the number of fatalities may rise as rescuers search the train cars.The number has since risen, officials said.

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