The train was traveling between Yaounde and Douala, when it overturned near Eseka. Eye witnesses say there were approximately 1,300 people on the train instead of the usual 600. Transport minister Edgard Alain Mebe Ngo'o said 54 (55) persons died and over 575 sustained injuries in the train derailment near Eseka, today October 21, 2016. Speaking on CRTV, Transport minister added that the accident has recorded significant human and material damage. However, classified sources say about 14 persons are still trapped in some of the wagons and many may die at night fall. The cause of the derailment is still to be established.
The derailment came after the road linking Yaoundé and Douala collapsed today morning at Matomb, momentarily interrupting traffic between the two main cities. Following these incidents, the airline Camair-Co announced that it will increase the frequency of its flights between Yaounde and Douala.
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