Vic­tims of Cameroon rail crash sue op­er­a­tor

The Star (Kenya) - - News World -

Vic­tims of a rail crash that killed at least 79 peo­ple in Cameroon have filed a law­suit against train op­er­a­tor Cam­rail and its French owner Bol­lore Group, ac­cus­ing them of neg­li­gence and in­vol­un­tary man­slaugh­ter, their lawyer said.

A packed pas­sen­ger train de­railed last month be­tween the cap­i­tal Yaounde and the cen­tral African coun­try’s port city of Douala. Car­riages flipped over, in­jur­ing at least 428 peo­ple. A Bol­lore ex­ec­u­tive said that the train was go­ing at an un­usu­ally high speed and trav­el­ing with twice the usual num­ber of car­riages, with the per­mis­sion of author­i­ties, to ac­com­mo­date ex­tra pas­sen­gers.

Twenty-eight vic­tims have pressed charges for care­less­ness, in­jury and in­vol­un­tary man­slaugh­ter, their lawyer Guy Oliver Moteng said late on Sun- day. “We want the blame and the chain of re­spon­si­bil­ity to be es­tab­lished.”

Among the com­plainants are friends and fam­ily of three peo­ple who took the train and have not been found since, with no trace of them in hos­pi­tals or morgues, Moteng said.

Spokes­men for Cam­rail and Bol­lore de­clined to com­ment on the law­suit, say­ing on Mon­day that they are await­ing the re­sults of in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

/REUTERS

The train de­rail­ment site in Eseka, Cameroon, on Oc­to­ber 24, days af­ter a packed pas­sen­ger train car­ry­ing more than 1,400 peo­ple de­railed be­tween Yaounde and Douala

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