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Passengers stand beside derailed train carriages after an accident in Eseka, Cameroon on Oct. 21.

More than 70 people were killed when a train derailed in Cameroon

Yinka Adegoke
By Yinka Adegoke

Africa editor

At least 70 people were killed and 600 injured after a packed train derailed between two major cities in Cameroon on Oct. 21.

The Camrail train, which is managed by French industrial giant Bollore, was overturned on the tracks in the town of Eseka, between the capital, Yaoundé, and Douala.

Cameroonian citizens are furious that president Paul Biya, who has been out of the country since the summer, has not returned home. On his Facebook page, Biya sent his condolences to the families of those involved and declared Monday a national day of mourning.

In power since 1982, Biya has been criticized in the past for his long stays abroad. Many have pointed out that the train was overcrowded because the road that connects the two cities collapsed that day. The train that derailed had about 1,300 passengers when it normally carried 600 passengers, according to rail officials.

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