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25 perish in Congo crash

KINSHASA, Oct 10 – Twenty five people were killed and 47 injured in two road accidents involving trucks in westerern Democratic Republic of Congo, police said Saturday.

On Friday evening one truck suffered a mechanical failure going downhill and overturned on the main highway linking Kikwit, in Bandundu province with the capital Kinshasa.

Twenty three people were killed and 16 were injured on the overloaded truck, which was carrying passengers as well as foodstuffs.

On the same road earlier in the other day another truck overturned after a blow-out, killing two people and injured 31 who were sitting on the vehicle’s roof.

Road accidents are frequent in Congo because of the poor state of the roads and often caused by overloaded vehicles or reckless drivers.

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