Mbuba road tanker explosion

The Mbuba road tanker explosion was the traffic collision and explosion of a tank truck on 6 October 2018 in Kongo Central, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.[3] The vehicle collided with another truck in the village of Mbuba and later exploded, killing at least 50 people and injuring more than 100 others.[4][5][6]

Mbuba road tanker explosion
Date6 October 2018 (2018-10-06)
LocationMbuba, near Kisantu, Kongo Central, DRC
Deathsmore than 39 or 50[1][2]
Non-fatal injuriesmore than 100[2]

Following the crash, villagers of Mbuba started to collect fuel which leaked from the vehicles. After few minutes, fuel began to burn and destroy nearby houses.[7]

The United Nations mission in DRC, MONUSCO, had sent nine ambulances to the Kisantu, which is where the most of injured were evacuated to shortly after accident.[2]


  1. ^ "Congo ministry: At least 39 dead in Congo tanker truck fire". The Washington Post. October 7, 2018. Archived from the original on October 7, 2018. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Dozens killed in DR Congo oil tanker collision". The National. October 7, 2018. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  3. ^ "Several people are dead in the fuel tanker explosion in RDC – The North Africa Post". Retrieved 2022-09-25.
  4. ^ "DR Congo Fuel Truck Blast Kills At Least 7". Channels Television. Retrieved 2022-09-25.
  5. ^ Kinshasa, Associated Press in (2018-10-06). "Dozens killed after oil tanker catches fire in DRC". the Guardian. Retrieved 2022-09-25.
  6. ^ "DRC Tanker Explosion Kills Seven+". VOA. Retrieved 2022-09-25.
  7. ^ "At least 50 killed after villagers rush to collect fuel from Congo tanker truck crash". montrealgazette. Retrieved 2022-09-28.

Coordinates: 4°42′29″S 15°5′19″E / 4.70806°S 15.08861°E / -4.70806; 15.08861