Fuel tanker crash leaves 50 dead in Congo

Published: October 06, 2018 19:26:09 | Updated: October 08, 2018 13:29:34

Around 50 people died and another 100 suffered serious burns after a fuel tanker collided with a vehicle in Congo on Saturday.

Deputy Governor of Kongo Central province, Atou Matubuana Nkuluki, said the incident took place in the village of Mbuta, about 130 km (80 miles) from the capital  of the country.

Authorities were doing what they could to help victims of the crash, the regional official said, reports Reuters.

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

Roads in the central African nation are notoriously bad after years of war and neglect.

In 2010, at least 230 people were killed in Congo when a fuel tanker overturned and exploded, unleashing a fire ball that tore through homes and cinemas packed with people watching World Cup soccer.

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