The two female reporters, Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) correspondent Reyhaneh Yassini and Iran Students News Agency (ISNA) reporter Mahshad Karimi lost their lives in a bus crash near the city of Naqadeh in northwestern Iran.
The accident occurred when the bus was traveling to Iran's capital Tehran from Urmia Lake carrying over 20 reporters and media workers. Several other journalists were injured in the accident, including four who were in a critical condition and taken to Urmia city hospital.
According to media reports, the commander of the country's traffic police announced after the crash that the bus, which belonged to cement factory, was not road worthy. Some of the journalists who were rescued from the bus also complained to IJA that the condition of the bus was inappropriate for this trip.