Sunday, 23 October 2016

Train crash death toll Now 70-Cameroon

Photo Credit: Daily Star

More than 70 people were killed and over 600 injured when a packed passenger train crashed in Cameroon on Friday, the president announced on Saturday, declaring a national day of mourning.
The packed Camrail train had been traveling from the capital Yaounde to the port city of Douala.
It derailed at around 11 a.m. local time (1000 GMT) near the station in the town of Eseka, 120 km west of the capital, causing carriages to overturn.
“My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families of the Camrail train derailment in Eseka. Over 70 passengers died and 600 wounded in the accident,” President Paul Biya, who is travelling abroad, wrote on his official Facebook page.
“I instructed the government to provide full assistance to the survivors, while investigations will be made to determine the cause of the derailment.”
The death toll, put at 55 late on Friday, rose after some injured victims later died, Communications Minister, Issa Tchiroma Bakary, said.