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60 killed in Congo railway disaster

At least 60 people died when a train went off the rails and into a ravine in the Republic of Congo yesterday.

Four carriages full of passengers were derailed and over 300 people were injured.

The train was leaving the coastal town of Pointe-Noire for the capital, Brazzaville when it derailed. Army and Red Cross officials rushed to the scene of the accident to help victims of the train known as ‘Ocean’, a government spokesman said.

“We have a provisional toll but it is likely to get higher because of the high number of gravely wounded which ambulances are busy ferrying to hospitals in Pointe-Noire,” he said.

The CFCO rail has had difficulties in recent years with its old trains and lines. President Denis Sassou-Nguesso said the government will hold a meeting about the crash.

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