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Video: Train in deadly Cameroon derailment was ‘overloaded’

Video by Emmanuelle LANDAIS , Patrick FANDIO , Zigoto TCHAYA

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2016-11-23

One month after the train crash in Cameroon that killed 79 people and injured hundreds, victims are still waiting for an inquirey into what went wrong. However, FRANCE 24 has obtained documents showing that the train exceeded weight regulations.

The train derailed on October 21 as it sped between the capital of Yaounde and the central African country's port city of Douala.

Authorities and rail company officials have determined that the train was travelling at least 40 kph (kilometres per hour) too fast when it came off the tracks.

However, company documents obtained by FRANCE 24 reveal that the express train also clearly exceeded the weight limit by approximately 25 tonnes.

Another document suggests the driver received special permission from management to travel with a dangerously overloaded train.

The victims of this horrific derailment have filed a lawsuit against the rail company Camrail and its French owner Bolloré Group, accusing them of negligence and involuntary manslaughter.

Click on the player above to watch FRANCE 24’s full report on the Cameroon rail crash investigation.

Date created : 2016-11-22

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