At least 50 stowaways were killed when a freight train derailed in the southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo early Thursday. The death toll is likely to rise. Witnesses at the scene and local media said that more than a hundred people could have been killed.
Victor Umba, the union head of the national rail company SNCC, said the freight train was traveling from the town of Nyunzu to the town of Niemba when two cars fell on their sides.
Trains in the Democratic Republic of Congo have a poor record for safety, due to broken tracks and old locomotives, many of them dating from the 1960s.