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Iraqi minibus crash kills 9 teachers

Hilla, Iraq: Iraqi authorities blamed speed for the deaths of eleven people, including nine schoolteachers, who were returning from a Ramadan meal south of Baghdad on Saturday.

Iraqi authorities blamed speed for the deaths of eleven people, including nine schoolteachers, who were returning from a Ramadan meal south of Baghdad on Saturday.

According to a police source, the group was returning from Karbala in a minibus at about midnight when the tragedy occurred.

Two drivers collided “due to high speed and the second vehicle’s lack of attention,” authorities said in a statement, adding that two people were hurt in the collision.

According to a police source, the automobiles started ablaze.

Oil-rich Iraq’s infrastructure, including highways and bridges, has been ravaged by conflict, neglect, and pervasive corruption.

Many roads are riddled with potholes, and at night they are completely dark.

“The number of traffic accidents doesn’t stop rising. It’s as if we were at war,” Last month, senior road traffic officer Tarek Ismail was quoted by state news agency INA as saying that the country’s roads are becoming more dangerous.

A “lack of respect for speed limits,” the use of cell phones, and drug- and alcohol-impaired driving were all cited as causes of the accidents.

It is estimated that about 1,000 people were killed on Iraq’s roads last year, according to a traffic official.

Courtesy Bol News

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