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At Least 90 Killed After Tanker Truck, Bus Collide in Iran - 2004-06-25

Iranian officials say the death toll could rise in a fiery road accident near the southeastern city of Zahedan that has killed at least 90 people and injured more than 100.

The accident happened late Thursday, when a gasoline tanker truck collided with six passenger buses that were stopped at a police checkpoint on the main road between Bam and Zahedan. The tanker burst into flames, engulfing the crowded buses in a fireball.

Police were investigating what caused the tanker to lose control.

Officials said many bodies were burned beyond recognition, hampering identification and efforts to confirm the number of dead.