A truck driving at high speed in southwestern Congo crashed into a ravine, killing 18 passengers and injuring over a dozen others.
In addition to transporting cargo, the truck was packed with people. After being pulled out of the gully, the bodies were taken to the mortuary at Kasangulu General Hospital.
The injured, including six serious and 15 minor ones, are being treated at the hospital. Speeding is suspected as the cause of the accident, which is a common cause of crashes along major roads in Congo.
Given that similar catastrophes frequently occur in the Kongo Central region, the accident sparked questions about road safety in that area. In reaction, the local government has pledged to inform motorists and implement traffic laws.