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Quebec - 3 Dead in Oil Train Derailment

 

"We know there will be more deaths," Brunet said.

Two more bodies were discovered overnight after a runaway train carrying crude oil derailed in eastern Quebec, igniting explosions and fires that destroyed a town's downtown center. The confirmed death toll is now three, and is expected to rise further.

Fires were preventing rescuers from reaching part of the 73-car train, and billowing black smoke could still be seen long after it derailed. The eruptions early Saturday morning sent residents of Lac-Megantic scrambling through the streets under the intense heat of towering fireballs and a red glow that illuminated the night sky. A fire chief likened the charred scene to a war zone.

Quebec provincial police lieutenant Michel Brunet said Sunday there are more dead among the missing. Police have refused to give any estimate of people unaccounted for because police were having difficulty getting a fixed number.

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