50 dead, over 100 injured in tanker blast
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.