Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Iranian Train Blast

Close to 300 people including 182 fire and rescue workers were killed when runaway train cars carrying a lethal mix of fuel and chemicals derailed, caught fire and then exploded hours later Wednesday in northeast Iran.
The sickening smell of sulphur hung in the air and the corpses of dead farm animals littered the countryside.

Only tattered clothing and patches of blood remained as evidence of the human carnage that had occurred just hours before, when a huge chemical explosion ripped through Neyshabur in northern Iran, killing and injuring hundreds of people.

By last night, the Iranian authorities said the death toll had risen to 295.
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Good thing it can't happen here.