CAMEROON – ESEKA RAILROAD CATASTROPHE: LOSS OF 79 LIVES AND 551 INJURIES
cameroondailyjournal.com|Two years after the morbid tragedy of October 21, 2016, the survivors and relatives of victims of the “death train” want to turn the page of this day where death is invited in their daily lives to never again go.
As for the best of the horror movie scenarios, the Eséka-on railway accident can now be said to have been the result of a lot of coincidences that were nibbled on so well that to say that it was almost inevitable.
With all the modesty of rigor at home, when there has been a death of man, so that no one will forget it and never again fall into the same gaps, let’s talk about this sad day that had apotheosis the loss of 79 lives and 551 injuries, according to the official record.
As logically in the tropics, in October, the rainy season is at its peak and torrential downpours that poured over the national number 1 that connects Yaounde and Douala have greatly contributed to break the dike of a river that crosses this axis .
No more dyke, the road is now cut in half. Catastrophic when you know the traffic on this axis. Especially since we are at the beginning of the weekend, a prosperous period of the round trips from one capital to another. The terrestrial solution is now to be excluded, it was necessary to find other ways for people wishing to join the two cities costs.
From the outset, do not be divined by the state of our air fleet to understand that rely on the plane was a little pretentious or even phantasmagoric. So, the most logical solution was to fall back on the good old railway. Could it be out of necessity or by financial expediency that the subsidiary of the BOLORÉ group will move the train from 8 to 16 cars?
The disappointed cars nailed to the ground for lack of road as we have recalled above passing passengers to the number of 1200 to about 1300. Still, we are very far from imagining the worst when the train “inter city” leaves the station of Yaounde towards Douala. At this time, very few are aware that the cars added are incompatible with braking with the locomotive.
It is at 1.30 pm, a few kilometers from the town of Eséka, chief town of the district of Nyong Ekélé, that the horror brings back the merry band of passengers who since the departure of the boat considered themselves privileged to have had a ticket for boarding. A chance or a guign that envied them the recalcitrant at the counter of CAMRAIL before the terrible fall of the curtains.
The following, all or almost know it: 4 cars in the ravine, 78 Cameroonians and 1 French on the floor, 14 missing for more than 500 wounded since it speaks only of physical abuse. For superhuman is the one who will come out of this ordeal without being traumatized.
If the investigation by the government declared 11 employees of CAMRAIL guilty and that one decided in tribute to the disappeared ones to make a national mourning, the survivors wait always ” the special aid of the president of the Republic “.
Even if the company in charge of rail traffic has “compensated” the victims, the question that plagues our minds here is that of knowing what is the price of a life. Let’s end our morbid memory recall with this quote from a survivor whom we will not quote out of modesty: ” Sometimes we are ashamed of having survived “.