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article imageCongo train derailment: dozens dead, hundreds injured

By Igor I. Solar     Jun 22, 2010 in World
Brazzaville - About sixty people died and hundreds were injured when a train derailed and fell into ravine in the Congo Republic on Monday night.
The train was travelling from the coastal town of Pointe-Noire on the Chemin de Fer Congo Ocean (CFCO) line to the capital Brazzaville. Four of the train’s wagons went into a ravine near the station of Yanga, about 60 km from Pointe-Noire. The accident happened late on Monday night on a line along the Congo River which has seen serious accidents in recent years.
At least 60 bodies had been recovered until this morning at the scene of the accident. About 450 people are receiving treatment for injuries.
Congolese government officials are expected to hold a news conference later today.
Congo, is a major oil exporter, however the country remains very poor and lacks adequate transport infrastructure. Currently, the Congolese government is attempting to diversify its economy as oil reserves dwindle.
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