Tehran, 5 January 2003 (RFE/RL) -- Twelve university students and their three teachers were killed when their bus plunged into a ravine in southern Iran. State radio said today the crash occurred last night some 60 kilometers from the southern Persian Gulf port city of Bandar Abbas. The report said the driver had apparently lost control of the bus in slippery conditions.
The report said the 15 dead were part of a group of 33 students and teachers from the Malayer Free Islamic University in the western Iranian province of Hamedan.
Iranian roads are among the world's most dangerous with an estimated 200,000 accidents a year leaving around 20,000 people dead and 87,000 injured.