At least 53 people have been killed, and a further 575 injured, after a crowded passenger train derailed and overturned, in Cameroon.
Fifty-three people were killed and a further 575 injured on Friday when a packed passenger train travelling between Cameroon’s two largest cities derailed and overturned, the transportation minister said.
Speaking on state radio, Edgar Alain Mebe Ngo’o said the figures represented only a provisional toll from the accident, which occurred near the train station in the town of Eseka, around 120 km (75 miles) west of the capital, Yaounde.
The inter-city passenger train was travelling from Yaounde to the commercial capital, Douala, when the accident occurred around 11 a.m. local time (10:00 GMT).
The collapse of a bridge along the main highway between the capital and Douala had prompted increased numbers of passengers to undertake the journey by rail.