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Cameroon says at least 53 dead after crowded train derails

Last Updated Oct 21, 2016 at 6:40 pm PST

In this image made from video, passengers stand beside derailed train carriages after an accident in Eseka, Cameroon, Friday, Oct. 21, 2016. Cameroon's transport minister says at least 53 people have died after a train overloaded with passengers derailed along the route that links the country's two major cities. (Equinox TV via AP)

ESEKA, Cameroon – Cameroon’s transport minister says at least 53 people have died after a train overloaded with passengers derailed along the route that links the country’s two major cities.

Transport Minister Edgard Alain Mebe Ngo’o said the derailment Friday also injured at least 300 people. State radio is reporting that the crash occurred in Eseka, about two hours from the capital, Yaounde.

Journalists have been blocked from the scene by angry crowds.

Rail officials say the train had been carrying 1,300 passengers instead of the usual 600. The accident comes as heavy rains have caused landslides along roads in the region.