A passenger train heading to the port city of Douala from Cameroon capital Yaounde derailed from its track, killing passengers on the spot while injuring 575 others. The incident took place on Friday 21 October 2016.
According to an anonymous railway worker:
“There are many injured. We are still in the phase of evaluating the situation.
“We cannot give even a provisional toll.”
Another source added:
“There was a loud noise. I looked back and the wagons behind us left the rails and started rolling over and over. There was a lot of smoke,”
The incident took place in the town of Eseka, 120 km west of Yaounde, Bollore Railways, the company which owns the ill-fated train said. The Camrail train had been carrying 1300 passengers instead of its capacity of 600, an official statement revealed.