At least 60 people killed in train crash in DR Congo

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A train crash in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed at least 60 people.

The train was running between the villages of Kitenta and Buyofwe in Lualaba Province in the south of the country on Friday when it derailed.

It came off the rails going up a slope, and then crashed.

“Seven of 10 carriages ended up in the ravine,” Clementine Lutanda, the local administrator, told the DPA news agency, adding that there were still bodies trapped in the rubble.

Though the cargo train is not allowed to carry passengers, reports indicate that it was carrying “illegal passengers.”

The cause of the accident has yet to be ascertained, but local media reports said that seven cars had detached from the train before ending up in a deep ravine with all those on board.

Last October, nine people died after a train derailed in the city of Kenzenze in the territory of Mutshatsha in the same province.

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