At least 50 people were killed when a truck they were traveling in fell into a river in southeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, a local official said Tuesday.
“A truck crashed in Kaluma-Ngongo with more than 50 passengers on board,” said Hars Kayumba, a spokesman for the provincial government of Upper Katanga.
Divers conducted a search and rescued two passengers who were taken to hospital for treatment.
Kayumba added that the search is continuing for the other passengers without going into any fuller details of the accident.
Meanwhile, the interior minister of the neighboring Lualaba province, Adeuda Cabinda, told AFP that the derailment of a freight train “caused the death of nine people and the injury of 36, including 11 in a critical condition.”
Road accidents are frequent in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, often caused by disregard for traffic rules, as old vehicles are not subject to technical inspections.
The vast majority of the country’s roads are just dirt tracks and drivers are often poorly trained.
Train accidents are also frequent and lead to many deaths, and stowaways often jump in train carriages due to the bad roads and the lack of passenger trains.
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