Truck crash in north Congo kills 23, governor says

AP News
|
Posted: Apr 19, 2011 7:48 AM
Truck crash in north Congo kills 23, governor says

A local governor says at least 23 people died when a truck crashed into an area where young girls were collecting water outside the eastern city of Goma.

North Kivu provincial governor Julien Paluku said Monday that brake problems may have made the driver lose control of the vehicle near an entrance to the city of Goma. He says the four people in the truck were killed, including the driver. He says the rest of the dead were young girls.

Congo is a vast country the size of Western Europe, but has only several hundred miles of paved road. Many of those roads are in poor repair, as are the overloaded vehicles that frequently traverse them.