Eséka, Cameroon

The Week Middle East - - News -

Train hor­ror: At least 80 peo­ple were killed and nearly 600 in­jured in Cameroon last Fri­day when an over­crowded pas­sen­ger train de­railed at high speed, and sev­eral car­riages fell down an em­bank­ment. The ac­ci­dent hap­pened at Eséka, on a line that runs the 150 miles or so be­tween Cameroon’s cap­i­tal Yaoundé and the coun­try’s main port of Douala; the in­jured were taken to hos­pi­tals in both cities. Cameroon’s Pres­i­dent Paul Biya de­clared a na­tional day of mourn­ing on Mon­day and ap­pealed for blood dona­tions. It was not im­me­di­ately clear what had caused the crash, though some of­fi­cials said the train’s over­load­ing was at least a con­trib­u­tory fac­tor; the train was car­ry­ing 1,300 peo­ple, more than twice its of­fi­cial ca­pac­ity of 600.

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