Three people were killed on Wednesday night in Yaoundé, after being hit on the railway by a train. According to a statement from the Cameroon Railway Company, Camrail, a train returning from the rail renewal yard, at the entrance to the nation’s capital, Yaoundé crushed the three to death.
Our sources in Yaoundé hinted that the Camrail statement is “unsatisfactory” and that there was more to the story than the railway company was revealing. We gathered three bodies have been recovered from the train route and the many wounded have been rushed to a nearby hospital. Two of the three bodies have been deposited at the morgue of the Central Hospital in Yaoundé.
Securing the railway is a real problem in Cameroon. Many people, even some families have constructed settlements closely to the railway lines. This situation is not conducive to the optimum safety of railway traffic. Operating a railway transport system in a country where no one takes responsibility will surely record many more tragedies.
By Sonne Peter