7 Iranian female students killed in bus accident in southern Iran

A bus carrying high school students has overturned in Iran’s southern Hormozgan Province, leaving at least nine people, including seven school girls, dead and some 30 others wounded.

Nader Rahmani, a senior traffic police official, said the bus carrying 45 mostly junior high school students was heading from Bandar Abbas to the city of Shiraz in Fars Province.

Reports say around 13 of those injured are in critical condition.

The girls were planning to attend a national conference of talented students in the city of Shiraz.

Initial investigations indicate the crash was caused by the exhaustion and sleepiness of the bus driver, according to the official.