Canada oil train derailment death toll rises

Last Updated: Sunday, July 7, 2013 - 20:36

Zee Media Bureau

Toronto: Two more bodies were recovered ovenight after the runaway train carrying crude oil derailed in Lac-Megantic town of Canada, causing a cascade of oil tanker blasts, said police officials.

The death toll from the accident now stands at three.

According to local media reports, over 100 are said to be missing and the death toll may rise, reported the BBC.

The driverless train caught fire and sent plumes of smoke and fireballs into the air, forcing at least 2,000 people to evacuate the lakeside town which is inhabited by 6,000 people.

A Quebec provincial police spokesperson confirmed that one person had died, and many missing, but there was no word on the exact number.

However according to local media reports, at least 60 were missing.

The 73-car train`s derailment triggered a series of explosions that caused a huge fire that kept burning till ore than 24 hours.

Over 120 firefighters were fighting the blaze and a search for the missing bodies will ensue Sunday morning, reported the BBC.

Zee Media Bureau

Toronto: A train carrying crude oil derailed in Lac-Megantic town of Canada, causing a cascade of oil tanker blasts thta killed at least one, and dozens were left unaccounted for.

The driverless train caught fire and sent plumes of smoke and fireballs into the air, forcing at least 2,000 people to evacuate the lakeside town which is inhabited by 6,000 people.

A Quebec provincial police spokesperson confirmed that one person had died, and many missing, but there was no word on the exact number.

However according to local media reports, at least 60 were missing.

The 73-car train`s derailment triggered a series of explosions that caused a huge fire that kept burning till ore than 24 hours.

Over 120 firefighters were fighting the blaze and a search for the missing bodies will ensue Sunday morning, reported the BBC.

"We hope evacuees can return to their homes safely and quickly. The people of Lac-Megantic and surrounding areas can rest assured that our government is monitoring the situation and we stand by ready to provide any assistance requested by the province."

The train, reportedly heading toward Maine, belongs to Montreal Maine & Atlantic. According to the railroad`s website, the company owns more than 500 miles (800 kilometers) of track serving Maine, Vermont, Quebec and New Brunswick.

Last week a train carrying petroleum products derailed in Calgary, Alberta, when a flood-damaged bridge sagged toward the still-swollen Bow River. The derailed rail cars were removed without spilling their cargo.

With Agency Inputs




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