Saturday, 6 July 2013

Lac Megantic

60 people missing! Freight train derailment causes huge fire in Canada!

A large swath of a Quebec town was destroyed on Saturday after a train derailment sparked several explosions and a blaze that sent spectacular flames shooting metres into the sky.

Up to 1,000 people were forced from their homes in Lac-Mégantic, about 250 kilometres east of Montreal.

Some people were reported missing, although Quebec provincial police Lt. Michel Brunet said it was too early to say if there were casualties.

Flames and billowing smoke could be seen several hours after the derailment, which involved a 73-car train carrying crude oil.

Authorities set up perimeters as firefighters battled to douse the persistent blaze which was still going despite a steady drizzle.

Lac-Mégantic derailment

A spokesperson for The Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway told the paper this afternoon that the train's conductor locked the brakes outside of town just before midnight and ensured that all the cars were secured.

He then checked into Lac Megantic hotel for the night.

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