At least 57 people were killed when a passenger train sped off the rails in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the government said on Wednesday, raising an earlier death toll as difficult rescue operations continued in the remote, swampy area.
The newly purchased locomotive flew off the rails on Tuesday as it went around a bend in a swampy area in the southeast of the country, causing 15 of the train’s 19 cars to overturn, said the government’s spokesman and a journalist at the scene.
The official death toll was first given as 37. — AFP