At least 34 killed in train crash in southeast DRC

KINSHASA: A 13-car train crashed in the southeast Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Sunday, killing at least 34 people and injuring 26 others, a provincial governor said.

The number of casualties is likely to rise because some cars remain on fire and some are carrying fuel, according to Lualaba governor Richard Muyej Mangez. Radio Okapi reported that the cause of the crash is yet unclear and 11 cars of the National Railway Company of Congo train, en route from the southeast city of Lubumbashi to the southern town of Luena caught fire.

The injured were transported to a hospital some 30 km from the crash site, with some losing their limbs, the hospital’s media officer was quoted on radio as saying.

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