Death toll in Cameroon train crash climbs to 79

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

The death toll in last week’s train crash in Cameroon has climbed to 79 af­ter res­cuers fin­ished comb­ing through the wreck­age, au­thor­i­ties said yes­ter­day. On Sun­day, 11 more bod­ies were pulled from the de­bris of the packed pas­sen­ger train that de­railed on Fri­day be­tween Cameroon’s two main cities, CRTV state ra­dio re­ported. More than 500 peo­ple were in­jured, the ra­dio added, when the train trav­el­ling from the cap­i­tal Yaounde to the eco­nomic hub of Douala, came off the rails near the cen­tral city of Eseka. The train was crammed with peo­ple be­cause a col­lapsed bridge made trav­el­ling the same route by road im­pos­si­ble. Ex­tra car­riages had been added to ac­com­mo­date the ad­di­tional pas­sen­gers. “Searches at the site of the ac­ci­dent wound up on Sun­day,” a Cam­rail rail­way of­fi­cial who asked not to be iden­ti­fied said.

ESEKA: Pas­sen­gers es­cape from the site of a train de­rail­ment in Eseka. — AFP

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