KINSHASA: An overloaded truck hurtled through an informal street market in Goma in eastern DR Congo, killing seven people and badly wounding 10, an official and a witness told AFP on Friday.
Six people died on the scene of the crash Thursday night, and a seventh succumbed in hospital on Friday, said Goma mayor Timothee Muissa Kiense.
Witness Aimee Kasirani, a 32-year-old vegetable vendor, said the truck was off-balance and careened uncontrollably into the roadside market, “crushing our colleagues”.
Muissa vowed action to prevent a repeat.
“From next week, the police will take care of any person who dares to display merchandise on a public road,” he said.
Traffic accidents are common in the vast African country, with poorly-maintained infrastructure and the majority of roads made of dirt.