A report in the reformist daily "Tehran Etemad" quoted an unidentified railways expert as saying that "as a general principle, carrying explosive materials by railway is not recommended." On 18 February, at least 220 people were killed and hundreds wounded when 51 runaway rail cars loaded with cotton, fertilizer, sulfur, and gasoline exploded at Khayyam, near Nishapur in northeastern Iran. In particular, the expert said, carrying sulfur on trains "may be done only in special circumstances, by applying specific measures and fully observing standards." The expert said that the authorities should investigate why halting methods weren't used. LA
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