50 dead, over 100 in­jured in tanker blast

Houston Chronicle Sunday - - WORLD -

KIN­SHASA, Congo — At least 50 peo­ple were killed and more than 100 were badly burned when a tanker truck in Congo col­lided with an­other truck and, as vil­lagers rushed to col­lect the leak­ing fuel, burst into flames, wit­nesses and of­fi­cials said Sat­ur­day.

Faced with one of the coun­try’s dead­li­est traf­fic ac­ci­dents, Pres­i­dent Joseph Ka­bila or­dered three days of na­tional mourn­ing “in this par­tic­u­larly painful mo­ment for the Con­golese peo­ple.”

The ac­ci­dent oc­curred overnight in the vil­lage of Mbuba, not far from Kisantu city and about 124 miles south­west of the cap­i­tal, Kin­shasa.

The fire quickly spread to nearby homes, Congo’s health min­istry said in a state­ment. An in­ves­ti­ga­tion was un­der­way.

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