24 KILLED AS TRAIN DERAILS IN D.R CONGO

AT LEAST 24 PEOPLE WERE KILLED AND 31 INJURED SUNDAY WHEN A FREIGHT TRAIN CARRYING STOWAWAYS DERAILED IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, POLICE AND MEDICAL SERVICES SAID.

THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED IN KASAI PROVINCE, IN THE CENTER-WEST OF THE CENTRAL AFRICAN COUNTRY.

THE NATIONAL RAIL COMPANY CONFIRMED THE DERAILMENT.

IT IS THE THIRD RAIL ACCIDENT IN ABOUT A MONTH IN CENTRAL DRC. FIVE PEOPLE WERE KILLED IN A PASSENGER TRAIN ACCIDENT LAST MONTH AT THE STATION IN KALENDA.

RAIL ACCIDENTS IN THE SPRAWLING FORMER BELGIAN COLONY ARE FREQUENT AND OFTEN DEADLY BECAUSE OF DECREPIT TRACK AND AGING LOCOMOTIVES DATING FROM THE 1960S. # COMING LATER IN THE NEWS ARE BUSINESS, SPORTS AND WEATHER REPORTS.