50 killed, 100 burnt in oil tanker road crash in DR Congo

50 killed, 100 burnt in oil tanker road crash in DR Congo

"There are also about 100 people with second-degree burns".

As fuel leaked out of the tanker‚ and people tried to collect it‚ it caught fire leaving more than 100 people with second degree burns. The fire quickly spread to nearby homes.

At least 60 people died and scores suffered serious burns on Saturday after an oil tanker collided with a vehicle on an arterial highway in the west of DR Congo.

Matadi, at the other end of the highway, is on an estuary that leads to the Atlantic Ocean and is the DR Congo's sole port.

Seven others with grievous burn injuries died at the Saint-Luc hospital in Kisantu, a nearby city, he said.

"Two mobile clinics are evacuating the injured", he said.

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"See under what conditions they are transported", the activist group LUCHA, which in English is known as Fight for Change, said of the photo in a Twitter post.

"No ambulance and no hospital worthy of its name in Kisantu".

The U.N. peacekeeping mission in Congo said it had offered the government assistance for the injured, with nine ambulances en route to Kisantu to help with medical evacuations. There was spark from the auto and a huge explosion.

In 2010, 220 people were killed when an overturned oil tanker exploded and set fire to parts of a village in the country.

Roads in the country are poor due to years of war.

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