50 Dead in DR Congo Fuel Tanker Crash


Approximately 50 people have died and 100 others have sustained serious burns after a fuel tanker collided with a vehicle in Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday, a regional official said.

Deputy Governor of Kongo Central province, Atou Matubuana Nkuluki, said authorities were doing their best to help victims of the crash in the village of Mbuta, about 130 km (80 miles) from the capital.

“We are mourning the death of a about 50 people. There are also about 100 people with second-degree burns,” he said.

Most of the roads in the Democratic Republic of Congo are of poor quality due to neglect experienced because of ongoing war in the country.

Another 230 people were killed in 2010, in Congo when a fuel tanker overturned and exploded. This unleashed a fire-ball that tore through homes and cinemas packed with people watching World Cup soccer.

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