November 9, 2010 / 1:56 PM / 7 years ago

Congo truck crash kills over 40: UN radio

LUBUMBASHI, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - More than 40 people were killed in Congo when a truck overturned in a town near the country’s southern border with Angola, U.N.-backed Radio Okapi reported on Tuesday.

The truck was carrying more than 80 people as well as sacks of beans, maize and cement when it overturned on Monday, the mayor of the town of Tshikapa told Radio Okapi.

Tshikapa’s mayor and other government officials were not immediately available for comment.

Decades of conflict and neglect have left Congo’s road in appalling conditions and crashes involving heavily overloaded and poorly maintained vehicles are common.

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