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Death toll rises in Quebec rail disaster

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Death toll rises in Quebec rail disaster


The number of people killed in the Canadian freight train disaster has risen to 13 with around 37 more still missing.

Given the extensive devastation caused when the runaway train carrying crude oil exploded, few expect any of those still unaccounted for to be a found alive.

After a fire ball tore through the town of Lac- Megantic identifying the dead has been difficult.

Quebec coroner’s office representative Geneviève Guilbault had this message:

“I would like to ask those citizens who have a relative missing to go to the family reception centre and give all relevant information on their missing family member and if possible, provide DNA samples.”

The train had been parked overnight at the village of Nantes when its air breaks failed and 73 wagons loaded with oil began to roll down the hill before derailing and exploding in Lac-Megantic.

More than 2,000 people had to be evacuated while the fires from the blast were contained and eventually put out. Survivors who have lost their homes are being put up in a local school.

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