By Eric Tataw – Washington DC, USA, Monday, October 5, 2020.
Rail movements have been temporarily halted between Cameroon’s capital, Yaoundé and its economic capital, Douala, authorities have said, citing an incident, late Monday October 5, 2020.
The halt has been triggered by an incident in Eséka, capital of the country’s Nyong-et-Kéllé Division in the Centre Region, an on-the-spot source who shared pictures with National Telegraph said a train belonging to Camrail, a company operating passenger and freight traffic in Cameroon was involved in an accident, Monday.
The train was transporting logs of wood from Yaoundé to Douala when some bogies went off the rail track, authorities said, listing a railway zone behind the Eséka Gendarmerie as the exact location of the incident.
The State Prosecutor for Eséka, the Gendarmerie Commander for Nyong-et-Kéllé, the Brigade Commander for Eséka and Camrail’s Chief of Security visited the scene of the incident, according to those familiar with the matter.
Authorities said the damage was mostly material, although they did not immediately tag any monetary value to it. They are also hoping traffic will resume as soon as in the hours ahead.
This accident is the second in Eseka in over four years after about 70 people died and 300 others were injured when an overloaded train derailed on October of 2016. The train was carrying more passengers than usual after a bridge collapsed over a nearby highway, forcing more people to use rail transport.