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Runaway train explodes in Canadian town

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At least one person has been killed after a driver-less freight train, carrying crude oil, derailed at high speed and exploded into a giant fireball.

It happened in the small Canadian town of Lac-Megantic early on Saturday morning.Dozens of buildings were destroyed, many of them totally flattened.

The train, which was transporting crude oil from North Dakota to eastern Canada, had been held a few kilometres away for a crew change before the accident happened.

Without a driver, it somehow then rolled into the town and derailed. The train’s operators said they do not know how it was able to move. An investigation is now underway.