— DR Congo oil tanker collision leaves at least 50 dead
No less than 50 persons have been killed while 100 others were burnt beyond recognition on Saturday, October 6, after an oil tanker collided with a vehicle on an arterial highway in the west of Democratic Republic of Congo, the acting governor of the region said.
“We have about 50 dead and a 100 people have suffered second degree burns,” said Atou Matabuana, the interim governor of Kongo Central region,” according to the actualite.cd website.
It was gathered that the incident took place on a highway linking the capital Kinshasa to the country’s sole port at Matadi on the Atlantic Ocean.
It took place near the city of Kisantu, about 120 kilometres (100 miles) west of Kinshasa, AFP reports.
One hundred people suffered second-degree burns, Atou Matabuana, the governor of Kongo Central region said.
“The flames spread rapidly engulfing nearby houses,” the UN’s Okapi radio reported.
The UN’s Okapi radio said “the flames spread rapidly engulfing nearby houses.”
Overloaded trucks carrying goods as well as oil tankers regularly ply this highway.
Roads in the central African nation have often been neglected after years of war.