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Cameroon train crash leaves at least 53 people dead

Published 21/10/2016

Rail officials say the train had been carrying 1,300 passengers instead of the usual 600
Rail officials say the train had been carrying 1,300 passengers instead of the usual 600

At least 53 people have died after a train in Cameroon overloaded with passengers derailed along the route that links the country's two major cities.

Transport minister Edgard Alain Mebe Ngo'o said the derailment on Friday also injured at least 300 people.

State radio is reporting the crash occurred in Eseka, about two hours from the capital Yaounde.

Journalists have been blocked from the scene by angry crowds.

Rail officials say the train had been carrying 1,300 passengers instead of the usual 600.

The accident comes as heavy rains have caused landslides along roads in the area.

AP

Officials were on the way to assess the situation and visit hospitals, state media reported.

The government will take care of the injured, health minister Andre Mama Fouda said.

Press Association

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