Cameroonian Train Crashes, Killing At least 70, With Over 600 Injured

By Ikenga Chronicles October 23, 2016

Cameroonian Train Crashes, Killing At least 70, With Over 600 Injured

At least 70 people were killed and nearly 600 injured when an overloaded passenger train travelling between Cameroon’s two largest cities derailed and overturned.

“My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families of the Camrail train derailment in Eseka. Over 70 passengers died and 600 wounded in the accident,” President Paul Biya, who is travelling abroad, wrote on his official Facebook page on Saturday October 22.

‘’I instructed the government to provide full assistance to the survivors, while investigations will be made to determine the cause of the derailment.”

The death toll, put at 55 late on Friday, rose after some injured victims later died, Communications Minister, Issa Tchiroma Bakary, said.

Biya decreed that Monday would be a national day of mourning with flags flown at half-mast.

Transport Minister Edgar Alain Mebe Ngo’o said Friday’s accident took place near the central town of Eseka – 120km west of the capital Yaounde – as the train travelled to the economic hub of Douala.

“The cause of the accident is not yet clear,” said the minister, via state broadcaster CRTV, adding that several of the injured were in a very serious condition.

Rail officials said the train had been carrying 1,300 passengers, instead of the usual 600. The collapse of a bridge along the main highway between the capital and Douala had prompted more people to undertake the journey by rail.

Passenger Joel Bineli told Reuter’s news agency he saw three dismembered bodies on the tracks at the accident site.

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