Canadian freight train blast death toll hits three, to rise

By REUTERS
July 7, 2013 18:00

LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec - Canadian police on Sunday raised the death toll from a massive explosion involving a runaway freight train to three and said they expected to find more bodies in the wreckage of a small Quebec town.

The train, which had been hauling crude oil from North Dakota to eastern Canada, derailed and blew up early on Saturday in Lac-Megantic, a town of 6,000 on the edge of a deep blue lake and ringed by forests of pine and birch. There was no driver on board.

It is not clear why the train began rolling down toward the town, or why the crude oil blew up. The train had five locomotives and 72 tanker wagons, each carrying 30,000 gallons (113,000 liters) of crude oil. Four caught fire and exploded.


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