Around 50 people killed, 100 burnt in DR Congo after oil tanker collides with vehicle on arterial highway
About 50 people died and 100 were burnt on Saturday after an oil tanker collided with a vehicle on an arterial highway in the west of DR Congo.
Kinshasa: About 50 people died and 100 were burnt on Saturday after an oil tanker collided with a vehicle on an arterial highway in the west of DR 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.
The accident occurred 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.
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.
The incident took place when four children of migrant labourers were playing near the railway track close to a bridge over Sutlej river
According to Rajkumar Agarwal, SP Rural Bareilly, three persons in a car died after the vehicle collided with a truck loaded with sugarcane in Baheri. One person was seriously injured in the accident
As per information, the people were having a funeral feast on the roadside when the car drove into the crowd.The injured were rushed to a nearby hospital