Victims of Cameroon rail crash sue operator
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.
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