50 Die After Accident along with also Fire in Democratic Republic of Congo

NAIROBI, Kenya — At least 50 people were killed along with also more than 100 suffered burns inside the Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday when a tanker truck collided having a bus along with also caught fire, officials said.

The fire broke out just as local residents had reached the scene to gather leaking fuel, lifting the number of casualties. The accident occurred near the eastern city of Kisantu, about 125 miles south of the capital, Kinshasa.

Séguin Singuela, the Kongo Central police commissioner, said the accident occurred late inside the day along with also could have been a caused by visibility problems. He said a third vehicle crashed into the accident scene along with also also caught fire.

Atou Matubuana, the interim governor of Kongo Central Province, said officials would likely assist the wounded along with also help take care of the dead. The central government dispatched a team led by the transportation minister.

In July 2010, a fire left 238 dead along with also nearly 0 wounded after a tanker truck exploded in Sange, Uvira territory in South Kivu, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.