Freight train crash in Democratic Republic of Congo kills at least 63 people

At least 63 people have died in the Democratic Republic of Congo when a freight train crashed. According to the interior ministry, engine failure led to high speeds and the train sped out of control. The freight train was also carrying people both inside, as well as on top of, container cars.

Due to the years of conflict and also neglect, the country's infrastructure is in poor condition. The World Bank is currently funding an overhaul of the train network. Travellers should exercise caution when taking public transportation in developing as vehicles can be in poor condition, roads may be poor, and trains, cars, ferries, etc., can be overloaded.

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