Only a few people were not informed of the tragedy on the morning of December 25 on the Ahvaz-Khorramshahr road. An accident left 10 dead and 14 injured at 7.15 a.m. on Saturday.
The crash between several passing cars was so horrific that within minutes it spread through the media and the internet in Iran and around the world and made Khorramshahr the first headline in the news.
The narrow, shoddy, ancient road from Khorramshahr to Ahvaz is like an insatiable serpent that continues to devour people’s lives with peace of mind due to the irresponsibility and neglect of local and national officials.
If we want to take a closer look, it is not bad to take a look at the list of users of this so-called route:
Sugar cane cultivation and industry company, labor and equipment of oil fields located along the road, permanent transit of goods and equipment to and from Khorramshahr port, Rahian transport road -e Noor to the war zones of the Iran-Iraq war, the main road to the Arbaeen ceremony in Iraq according to the border of Shalamcheh, the road connects the Arvand free economic and trade zone to the country, the main road for sending troops and military equipment to the borders, the transit route to Iraq and finally it is the passage of residents and citizens of the two surrounding towns and villages.
With so much traffic on this road, while most of them are linked to the regime itself, it is a bit strange that the regime does not improve the quality of this road from Khorramshahr to Ahvaz!
The road, part of which was destroyed by flooding, part of which is dangerous due to its location next to the Naseri wetland, part of which lacks markings, guardrails, and even standard road signs .
Quite dangerous as it is next to the railroad tracks and was damaged by the scorching heat of Khuzestan without any changes or repairs or even significant improvements.
Guiding overnight cars is just moonlight and the lights of other passing cars and even during the day it lacks an emergency station or roadside assistance, let alone at night.
A busy road all year round but one that suffers from a lack of attention and responsibility on the part of regime officials.
During these years, how many families have mourned the loss of one or more of their members. How many travelers have never reached their destination?
How many children have been orphaned and how many people are disabled? These are simple questions that any regime official and its industrial and commercial beneficiaries of this narrow lane could answer very easily by searching the Internet. Perhaps they would then find a little more sense of responsibility.
What is less noticeable is the number of officials who had no interest or in the most optimistic case could not do anything to improve the quality of this road of death.
These seemingly accidental deaths are a disgrace to the regime’s road leadership, the governor and representatives of these two cities, who all these years have failed to force the ministries of oil and roads and urban development, the High Council of free zones, and even the sugar cane industry to widen at least part of this road.
The contracts signed in recent years by the governors of the Khuzestan regime to widen this road of death have remained on paper so that this road takes new lives every day.
The end of construction projects in Iran has become so inaccessible that people, generation after generation, pass their stories on to their children and wish them to see the projects end. In the hope that no new life will be taken when the country dies.
It should be noted that this road is not the only road of death in Iran, and there are many more and worse. One of them is the Reigan-Normashir axis in the east of Kerman province with a length of 45 km which is also known as the road of death.