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Iran bus crash kills at least 19 on mountain road

TEHRAN: At least 19 people were killed and 24 injured in northern Iran when a bus plunged off a mountain road into a ravine before dawn on Thursday (Jan 9), local news agencies reported.

Brake failure was believed to have caused the accident in Mazandaran province, 150km northeast of Tehran, official news agency IRNA said.

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The bus was travelling between the capital and Gonbad-e-Kavous, a historic town near Turkmenistan renowned for its 11th-century brick tower, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/wo ... n-12247502

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↑ That BBC video drags a lot of Javascript in its wake – and when you allow that, the scripts want to load still more stuff. No thanks.

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Witness wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 2:22 am
↑ That BBC video drags a lot of Javascript in its wake – and when you allow that, the scripts want to load still more stuff. No thanks.
Replaced it with just a link to the news story.
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Found this documentary about roads in Nepal in anyone's interested.

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Anaxagoras wrote:
Sun Apr 19, 2020 9:03 pm
Found this documentary about roads in Nepal in anyone's interested.


I did a nine hour bus trip in Nepal on a road that looked very much like that video from 25:50.

It was one of the scariest experiences of my life.

I'm sure there was at least one "Oh, shit!" moment once a minute for most of the trip.

On the way back, we insisted on a hiring a jeep. Our guide said, "Expensive." We were like, "Fucking try us."

In the end, I think we paid $150 total for the five of us and, I have to say, to this day it was probably the best money I've ever spent.

If I'd taken the jeep on the way up, I'm sure I would have thought it was insane. But, compared to the bus, it was glorious.

Riding that jeep down was probably one of the top 10 happiest moments of my life.
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I never actually did this but the scary stories told me by Nepalese co-workers convinced me.


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Fid wrote:
Mon Apr 20, 2020 5:09 am
I never actually did this but the scary stories told me by Nepalese co-workers convinced me.


I ain't going to Kathmandu.

I think bus plunging is more of a problem outside of Kathmandu.

I'm not sure if the video below was the actual road we took. But it's very similar. Including the waterfall. And we did it in an old, overloaded, piece of shit bus like the one in the earlier video. The jeep here looks like the one we were laughing our asses off in all the way back.

Note the lack of any sort of guardrails as far as the eye can see. There were points when the outer edge of our bus tires extended over the edge of the canyon with the "spotter" directing the driver inches at a time.

Nepal is amazing. But that bus ride was scarier than shit.

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