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Train derailment kills around 60 in DR Congo

06-23-2010 13:59 BJT

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A train has derailed and plunged into a ravine in the Democratic Republic of Congo, killing around 60 people and injuring hundreds of others.

The accident occurred on a dangerous stretch of track in the Central African state.

Several bodies have been recovered from the scene, and around 450 people are being treated for injuries. The accident occurred late on Monday night, after the train left the coastal town of Pointe-Noire, heading for the capital Brazzaville.

Officials believe the train was travelling too fast as it went around a bend. Four of the carriages careered into the ravine, near the station of Yanga, around 60 kilometers from Pointe-Noire.

At least 50 people were killed on the same stretch of line in 2001, when two trains collided.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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