DRC fuel tanker explosion kills more than 50
08 October 2018
A fuel tanker collision in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on October 6 killed more than 50 and injured 100, Atu Matubuana, interim governor of the province, said. The tanker caught fire at Mbuba village, about 80 miles from the capital after crashing into a parked truck. A local official told a radio news station people ran to collect fuel after the crash and were killed when it ignited.
The fire spread to nearby houses resulting in further deaths and material damage. Most of the injured suffered second-degree burns and two mobile clinics were transporting the wounded.
The United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC offered help, including nine emergency vehicles from Saint-Luc Hospital in Kisantu to help with medical evacuations.
Deadly traffic accidents are common in Congo, where roads and other infrastructure in the vast country are often poorly maintained.
In 2010, more than 200 people were killed when a tanker truck overturned and burned in South Kivu province at the other end of the country. Many of the victims in this incident had also been trying to collect leaking fuel when the wrecked tanker caught fire.
A similar incident was reported in neighbouring Nigeria on October 3, when a petrol tanker crashed into a car in Akure, killing at least six.