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Train crash in southeast Congo kills at least 34

Published:Monday | November 13, 2017 | 12:00 AM

KINSHASA (AP):

A Congo government official says a train crash yesterday killed at least 34 people and injured 26 others in Lualaba province in the country's southeast.

Lualaba Governor Richard Muyej Mangez said the toll from the crash is likely to rise because some of the train's cars are in flames and some were carrying fuel.

Radio Okapi reported that the National Railway Company of Congo train was carrying cargo from Lubumbashi to Luena, and 11 of its 13 cars caught fire.

Local officials and train authorities have travelled to the crash site in Buyofwe.

Radio Okapi quoted the Lubudi district's chief medical officer as saying some 30 people were taken to a hospital. He said others remained at the scene awaiting transport.