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Cameroon – Eseka tragedy: The train 152 driver is in custody in Yaounde

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Written by Deckson N.

He was taken to the capital aboard a special train that evacuated victims the night after the accident. He was questioned since the circumstances of the carnage which is still waiting for a consolidated balance sheet.

Mathias Y. is the train 152 driver that left Yaounde to Douala on Friday 21 October at 11:15 with about 1,300 travelers installed in 17 wagons, which derailed at the entrance to the Eseka station two hours later, causing at least 80 dead and hundreds seriously injured. According to the newspaper Le Jour edition of Tuesday, October 25, 2016, he is in custody in Yaounde since the accident.

Speaking of the driver, the Minister of Transport, Edgard Alain Mebe Ngo’o confided to Cameroon Tribune, edition of yesterday Monday, October 24: “I was informed that he was released unharmed. He was a little traumatized at some point. Camrail officials had already organized his hearing, but an investigation is underway, he will be asked to answer a number of questions.

The assistant of Mathias Y., T. Mukam is also in custody for investigation. A source of the Le Jour to Camrail confirms the making available of the two drivers to investigators whose mission is to determine the true causes of the accident. The paper said that nothing has yet filtered through the hearings of the drivers, conducted by the Commission of Inquiry under the coordination of the Public Prosecutor at the Court of Appeal for the Centre, Kleber Fils Ntamack.

But according to indiscretions gleaned by Le Jour, the trip was uneventful for 91 km between Yaounde and Minloh-malume, a small town located after Makak. And it is from Minloh-malume, 19 km from Eseka, that the train 152 would’ve shown clear signs of technical failure (…) The rest of the trip between Minloh-malume and the entrance to the Eséka station where the irreparable happened, will be in the context of major technical failure that the driver probably already described in the commission of inquiry. Important data that will help clarify the causes of the deadliest accident in the history of rail transportation in Cameroon, ” says the newspaper.

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