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At least 55 dead in Cameroon train derailment

Transport minister Edgard Alain Mebe Ngo'o told news agencies that some people were still trapped in the derailment, and that the death toll was likely to rise

At least 55  people were killed and nearly 300 injured on Friday when a packed passenger train travelling between Cameroon’s two largest cities derailed and overturned, the transportation minister said.

Transport minister Edgard Alain Mebe Ngo’o told news agencies that some people were still trapped in the derailment, and that the death toll was likely to rise.

The minister, via state broadcaster CRTV, said 55 people had been confirmed dead and a further 575 were injured. “The cause of the accident is not yet clear,” he said, adding that several of the injured were in a very serious condition. “Intervention and security teams have been mobilised,” the rail company Camrail, a subsidiary of French investment group Bollore, announced.

The crash occurred close to the central town of Eseka, around 120 km west of Yaounde, Transport Minister Edgar Alain Mebe Ngo’o told Cameroon’s state broadcaster.

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