Cameroon Train Accident: Death Toll Rises To 75

The death Toll has risen to 75 and about 600 people remain in critical conditions in hospitals after a train derailment accident in Esseka-Cameroon yesterday 21, October 2016.

The packed Camrail train, operated by French industrial group Bollore, had been travelling from Yaounde to the port city of Douala when it derailed, causing several carriages to overturn.

"The train with wounded and the bodies of victims has arrived at Yaounde station in the presence of government and Camrail officials," Camrail posted on its official Facebook page early on Saturday.

"Busses drove passengers who escaped yesterday's incident to Douala."

 

Work began during the night to remove the derailed wagons from the line - one of the main transportation routes for goods and passengers between the coast and the interior.

Camrail has given no indication of what might have caused the accident. However, witnesses, including a Reuters reporter travelling on the train, said rail workers had added extra carriages to accommodate extra passengers before its departure.

A Bollore spokeswoman said the company would communicate on the accident in coordination with Cameroonian government authorities, but added that the immediate focus was on rescue operations.

A Bollore official based in the region, who was not authorized to speak with the press and asked not to be named, said the company was cooperating with authorities examining the crash.

"Camrail has made the train's conductor and its mechanic available to the judicial police, because in these kinds of circumstances that is the procedure. That will allow for an understanding of what happened," the official said.

He added that traffic along the Yaounde to Douala line, which was halted following the crash, was expected to resume soon and engineers were at the site of the accident to evaluate the damage.

The collapse of a section of the main highway between Yaounde and Douala earlier on Friday had blocked hundreds of vehicles on the road and prompted increased numbers of passengers to undertake the journey by rail.

 

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