Kinshasa, October 6: A fatal fire broke out in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday, when an oil tanker crashed on the national highway connecting capital Kinshasa with Matada port on the Atlantic Ocean. At least 50 were confirmed dead by the time this report was first published, whereas over 100 were left injured.
A senior official, while speaking to reporters, said the accident took place on the national highway near Kisantu, located 120-km away from Kinshasa. The casualties maximised as the flames which erupted from the tanker spread to the adjacent neighbourhood. Jammu and Kashmir Accident: 20 Dead After Bus Falls Into Gorge at Kela Moth on Jammu-Srinagar Highway.
"We have about 50 dead and a 100 people have suffered second degree burns," said Atou Matabuana, the interim governor of Kongo Central region, according to the actualite.cd website.
Apart from the residences located close to the highway, the casualties were also caused due to the fire spreading to vehicles close to the accident spot. Notably, the Kinshasa-Matada highway is an arterial roadway of Congo which witnesses scores of overloaded trucks and oil tankers plying regularly.