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Published on : Saturday, October 22, 2016
The train was carrying more passengers than usual when it derailed in Eseka on Friday, according to Edgar Alain Mebe Ngo’o, the transport minister.
A bridge had collapsed over a nearby highway, forcing more people to seek rail transport. The cause of the deadly derailment was not immediately known.
Photos posted on social media purporting to have been taken at the scene showed several wagons overturned on a slope beside the tracks.
Prior to the train’s departure from Yaounde, a railway employee said eight additional wagons had been added to the normally nine-wagon train in order to accommodate extra passengers.
It remains unclear whether that played a role in the accident.
The route is one of the busiest in the country with trains to Chad and the Central African Republic also using the axis, which has a poor safety record.