New Delhi: At least 55 people were killed on Friday in Cameroon’s capital Yaounde after a passenger train bound for Douala skidded off the track. The incident occurred around 12:00 am local time (5 am GMT).

The incident occurred approximately 120 kilometres away from Yaounde at the Eseka station in the Central Region. Rescuers could not reach the spot immediately as the only way to reach the spot was to travel through train.

It is suspected that heavy rains on the previous night might’ve caused the incident. Many passengers to Yaounde or Douala who would use the road had to choose train, leading the derailed train which left Yaounde on Friday morning to Douala taking more passengers than usual.

While talking to state radio after the accident, Cameroonian Minister for Transport Edgar Alain Mebe Ngo’o said, “What seems indisputable is that the derailment resulted in large, human and material loss.”

The minister led a delegation to the site after the disaster by helicopter. Cameroonian Communication Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary said on state television CRTV the government is taking mesures to take the injured passengers to better-conditioned hospitals.

(With inputs from IANS)