The train was carrying more passengers than usual when it derailed in Eseka on Friday, according to Edgar Alain Mebe Ngo’o, the transport minister.
A bridge had collapsed over a nearby highway, forcing more people to seek rail transport. The cause of the deadly derailment was not immediately known.
An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the derailment, the President’s office said in a statement on Facebook.
President Paul Biya expressed heartfelt condolences to the families of those affected.
Video of the incident aftermath shows train cars belly up, and dozens carrying casualties away from the area.
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