Train derails in Congo, kills 50, injures 23
London, Sep 12, 2019 (AltAfrica)– At least 50 people were killed and scores injured when a train derailed in Congo’s southeastern province of Tanganyika in the early hours of Thursday,
Minister of Humanitarian Action and National Solidarity Steve Mbikayi says “at least 50 people have been killed after a train derailed overnight in Congo’s southeast Tanganyika province”
Steve Mbikayi told The Associated Press Thursday that the derailment also injured 23 others near the Mayibaridi locality and the toll may climb as people are still under the train and must be rescued. He said the government is sending rescue workers to the scene.
The cause of the accident is not yet known, but there are often derailments due to the cost of maintaining railways and trains. Workers from the national railway company say they have several years of unpaid wages.