UK Today News: Congo Oil Tanker Explosion Kills More Than 200 – Smoking Cigarette Ignites Spilled Oil
Congo Oil Tanker Explosion: Around 230 people were killed and almost 190 injured, when an oil tanker flipped and exploded in the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa on Saturday. More bad news followed, after reports stated that five of the victims belonged to U.N.’s Peacekeeping force.
Reports state that the accident took place in Sange, the South Kivu Province of Congo, when the tanker was trying to overtake a bus and it lost control and flipped over. As the overturned tanker started to leak oil, the local residents ran towards the tanker to collect the leaking oil and at that very moment someone’s smoking cigarette ignited the place making it a live inferno.
Most of the people who died were people who were at a nearby bar watching the match between Netherlands and Brazil. The UN Missionaries in the country stated that the oil from the tanker burned till Saturday morning. The tanker belonged to a company called, GINKI, and the tanker driver manager to escape the deadly inferno.