"Up until now the toll is eight dead and several injured. The toll could be significantly higher," Jean-Marie Tshizainga, the minister of mines of Lualaba province told AFP.
The train, in which the victims were travelling illegally, was running between the country's second city Lubumbashi to Luena in Katanga.
The train was transporting 13 oil tankers and derailed while climbing a slope near the station of Lubudi. It fell into a ravine and the tankers caught fire, radio Okapi said.
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