Kinshasa: At least 50 people were killed and more than 100 sustained burns after an oil tanker collided with a bus on a highway in the west of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the acting governor of the region said.
According to eyewitnesses and officials, villagers had rushed to collect the leaking fuel when it caught fire on Saturday.
“We have about 50 dead and about 100 people have suffered second degree burns,” said Atou Matabuana, the interim governor of Kongo Central region said.
The accident occurred in the village of Mbuba, not far from Kisantu city and about 200km southwest of the capital, Kinshasa. Kisantu is on the main highway between the capital and the country’s Matadi seaport.
In 2010, more than 200 people were killed when a tanker truck overturned and burned in DR Congo’s South Kivu province. Many of the victims had been trying to collect the leaking fuel when it caught fire.