The presidency of the republic today Tuesday May 23rd made public the results of the long awaited inquiry into the deadly train accident which took hundreds of lives in the town of Eeeka.
The inquiry did not mention anything new but nonetheless says the responsibility lies solely with the French own railway company CAMRAIL for the accident-Cameroon’s biggest rail way disaster in the country’s history. The results comes to put to bed the debate as to what actually happened before the train derailed in the center region after takeoff from Douala
The result of the inquiry which blamed excess speeding, overloading of the train, use of passenger coaching, several of which had defective braking systems amongst others as the primary cause of the crash was made after six months of the train accident which authorities say left 79 deaths and over 600 injured.
The president tweeted results of the finding on his official twitter feed
— President Paul Biya (@PR_Paul_Biya) May 23, 2017
The rail company had given each affected family 1.5 million, not in compensations but for what they termed “funeral expenses” and promised full compensation to victims but are yet to and there are ongoing legal challenges in courts.
The statement from the presidency which handed over the billion francs CFA to help victims also called on the rail way company to finalize the compensation of victims “as soon as possible” and adds that the money is additional assistance to that which the company is supposed to give to the victims of the deadly accident