Update: Train derails in Quebec

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

LAC MEGANTIC, Quebec (AP) -- A train carrying crude oil has derailed in a Quebec town, sparking several explosions and forcing the evacuation of up to 1,000 people.

Several people were reported missing after the derailment Saturday morning. Quebec provincial police Lt. Michel Brunet says it is too early to say if there are any casualties in the town of Lac Megantic (Lack MAH-Gan-Tic), about 155 miles (250 kilometers) east of Montreal.

Flames and billowing smoke could be seen for several miles hours after the derailment. Some of the train's 73 cars exploded and the fire spread to a number of homes.

Environment Quebec spokesman Christian Blanchette says a large but undetermined amount of fuel also spilled into the Chaudiere River.

The train, reportedly heading toward Maine, belongs to Montreal Maine & Atlantic.

Update:

Quebec police say two more bodies were discovered overnight, bringing the confirmed death toll from yesterday's train derailment to three.

The runaway train was carrying crude oil when it derailed near a lakeside town in eastern Quebec, igniting explosions and fires that destroyed the town's center.

Police say fires continue to burn, preventing rescuers from reaching some areas. They say a number of people reported missing are likely dead.


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