A helicopter transporting ballots cast during Iran’s presidential election has crashed, resulting in one fatality and nearly a dozen injuries, according to media reports.
The accident occurred in the country’s southwestern Khuzestan Province. The person killed in the crash was a police officer tasked with guarding the ballot boxes, the province’s governor, Qasem Soleimani Dashtaki, told IRNA news agency.
Helicopter carrying ballot boxes from remote areas crashes near Dezful in southwestern #Iran. At least one person has been killed. 11 people also injured, some critically. Cause of incident is not known yet.https://t.co/m4anbpHJQT https://t.co/JHMmWkPHBl
— Habib Abdolhossein (@HAbdolhossein) June 19, 2021
A photo posted on Iranian news site Khabar Online shows emergency workers at the scene of the crash. The helicopter was missing its propeller and appeared to be badly damaged.
Those who were injured were transported to the hospital, with several in critical condition, Dashtaki was quoted as saying.
Iranians went to the polls on Friday to vote for a new president. Hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi was declared the winner on Saturday after around 90% of ballots were counted, in what has been described as a landslide victory.