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Speed was one factor that contributed to the derailment of a Cameroon passenger train that killed scores and injured hundreds last week, a Bollore executive said on Tuesday. "What we can say is that the train, while approaching the station where it derailed (Eseka), was going at an abnormally high speed," Eric Melet, chairman of Bollore Africa Railways, told Reuters in an interview. The train, operated by Bollore's subsidiary Camrail, was running at about 80 km per hour (50 miles per hour) when approaching the train station, twice the average normal speed, Melet said.
KENILWORTH, N.J. (AP) — Higher sales of vaccines and prescription medicines for cancer and other diseases helped Merck & Co. post a 20 percent jump in third-quarter profit, easily beating Wall Street expectations.