Train crash claims seven in DR Congo

An eight-carriage cargo train derailed as it was traveling from the Lualaba to Kasaï province, in south-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Clémentine Lutanda, a local administrator in Lubudi district where the train began its journey, tells the BBC that seven people died and 14 were injured. Among the wounded, five have been admitted for treatment.

She also said that the train derailed on Sunday around 19:00 local time (18:00 GMT).

The National Railways Company, SNCC, has not yet said what caused the accident, but DR Congo’s Transport Minister Cerubin Okende told reporters that an investigation is under way to find out.

In March, another train derailed in DR Congo killing 75 people and injuring 125 others.

The country’s rail network is dates back to colonial times and remains in very poor conditions with regular accidents.

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