At least 53 killed in DR Congo tanker crash

People walk past a burnt oil tanker that collided with a vehicle on National 1 road near Mbuba close to Kisantu, 120 km west of Kinshasa, on October 6, 2018 after an accident that left about 50 people killed and 100 wounded. Légende : La carcasse du camion-citerne qui a pris feu dans une collision git sur la en République démocratique du Congo samedi 6 octobre Plusieurs dizaines de personnes ont été tuées et brûlées dans l’incendie resultant de cette collision avec un autre camion-remorque. The accident occurred on the road linking the capital Kinshasa to the country’s sole seaport at Matadi on the Atlantic Ocean.<br />/ AFP PHOTO / Patient Ligodi

At least 53 people were killed when an oil tanker crashed in the Democratic Republic of Congo at the weekend, according to an updated toll from the health ministry on Monday.

The tanker collided with another vehicle and caught fire on Saturday on a highway 120 kilometres (75 miles) west of the capital Kinshasa.

The ministry said another 72 people were injured, and warned that the death toll could rise further.

President Joseph Kabila has declared three days of mourning for the victims of the disaster.

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