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At least 53 dead, nearly 300 injured in Cameroon train accident
October 21, 2016 / 8:01 PM / a year ago

At least 53 dead, nearly 300 injured in Cameroon train accident

YAOUNDE (Reuters) - Fifty-three 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.

Speaking on state radio, Edgar Alain Mebe Ngo‘o said the figures represented a provisional toll from the accident, which occurred near the train station in the town of Eseka, around 120 km (75 miles) west of Yaounde.

Reporting by Anne-Mireille Nzouankeu; Writing by Joe Bavie; Editing by Larry King

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