A train accident in the Republic of Congo has killed around 60 people and injured hundreds of others.

Officials with rail company CFCO say four train cars filled with passengers derailed and plunged into a ravine late on Monday.  

Media reports say at least 300 people were hurt in the crash.

The accident occurred near the southern coastal city of Pointe Noire.  The train was en route to the capital, Brazzaville.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.