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Truck Spills Acid on Bus Near Glencore Mine, Killing 18

By Bloomberg 22 February 2019
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(FILE) A file photo dated 14 April 2011 showing the headquarters of Glencore in Baar, Kanton Zug, Switzerland (reissued 08 August 2018). Glencore, a global commodities giant with 146,000 contractors and employees, released their half-year results on 08 August 2018 saying their net income increased 23 per cent to 8.3 billion USD. EPA-EFE/URS FLUEELER

At least 18 people were killed when a truck transporting acid to a mine owned by Glencore Plc in the Democratic Republic of Congo crashed and spilled its contents onto a minibus, a provincial health minister said.

The tanker was heading to the Mutanda Mine, a copper and cobalt operation near Kolwezi in the southeast of the country, Samy Kayombo Mukanza, the health minister for Lualuba province, said. Nine people are also injured, he said.

“The acid was sprayed over people and vehicles,” Jean-Marie Tshizainga, mines minister for the province, said.

Officials from Glencore and Mutanda weren’t immediately available for comment. DM

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