Left Paris for Cameroon, the emissary of Bolloré pointed the train speed at the entrance of Eséka (80KM/H) as one of the causes of the accident on October 21, 2016.
That day, facing the passenger influx, due to rupture of the Yaounde-Douala road, Camrail added 8 wagons to the InterCity train from Yaounde to Douala. This decision was strongly blamed as one cause of the derailment at Eséka. Present in Yaounde this Tuesday, October 25 at the ceremony of homage to the victims, Eric Melet, Chairman of Bolloré Africa Railways, said the decision was made by Camrail and “validated by the authorities.“
Yet the Minister of Transport, Edgar Alain Mebe Ngo’o, stated that “Camrail decided to add 8 additional wagons to the Intercity train. The train left with more than a thousand passengers. They are affirmative on the fact that this is not the first time they have conducted an increased in the carrying capacity. ” As also indicated to the press giving general guidance following the breakdown of the road so that maximum Cameroonians can join the two cities. Camrail as technical operator had taken upon itself to add 8 wagons in convoy, bringing the total number to 17 wagons instead of 9.
Eric Melet also indicated that excessive speed played a role in the derailment of the train 152. Because the train was traveling at 80 km/h when approaching the station, twice the normal speed, we learned. “The speed element approaching the station is clearly a problem that had to be related to the derailment. After, there are many parameters that can play on a railway track (…) to be precisely analyzed before they can say more, “said the emissary of Bolloré.
Admittedly, Camrail which manages the railway in Cameroon is majority owned by the French group Bolloré up to 77.4%. The rest of the shareholding is held between the State of Cameroon (13.5%) Total Cameroon (5.3%) and the ESCB (Thanry Group) for 3.8%.