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Ghost Train Exploded in the Middle of a Town

Two more people have been confirmed dead after an explosive train derailment in the town of Lac-Mégantic, Que., bringing the official death toll to three.

The Surêté du Québec reported the additional casualties in a morning press conference in the devastated town, where the fire continues to burn.

Water trucks have also been called in after a leak in a major water pipe near the centre of the town where the area is still too unsafe to attempt to repair the pipe. All of the town’s restaurants have shut down, and residents are asked to fill up bottles at the water trucks, Mayor Colette Roy-Laroche said Saturday night.



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Dozens missing (at least 60), but they still can not approach the site because it still burns ... Cars full of oil, it can burn long. The first bodies were found burned deeply.

The train was unmanned and was allegedly stopped for the night by the driver who had put the brakes. The train began to move by itself driven by gravity and eventually derail at full speed in the middle of the town. The only bar was full of young people and is one of the destroyed buildings.











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Apparently it leveled several buildings in the centre and people may have been inside during the late hours.

Imagine having a late night shit in one of those central buildings and you hear that going off.

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Re: Ghost Train Exploded in the Middle of a Town

Some more here

and here (photos)

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Wow that's some freak accident

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This is the biggest tragedy in Quebec, so far. We do not have the number of dead still , because the precariousness of the site, it still burns. Ecological level, it is also a disaster because many oil flowed into the lake and river nearby. If there "bodies" to identify after that, they will be lucky. It burns for two days, as well as a crematorium ...

First responders say it is like a hell on earth, people are around in a panic, not knowing if their loved ones are among the victims ...

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They said there was a bar near the accident filled with patrons. No survivors expected.

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They said there was a bar near the accident filled with patrons. No survivors expected.
That's right, there was a birthday party plus the usual customers in the only bar in the village (about 60 peoples). This bar had a permit for 125 people.

it's so sad, there are many orphans

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(CNN) -- Tank cars filled with crude oil continue to burn and the death toll is expected to rise 36 hours after a runaway train exploded in a small Canadian town, local police said Sunday.
At least five people were killed and around 40 people are listed as missing in the tiny lakeside town of Lac-Megantic, Quebec, local police spokesman Lt. Michel Brunet said Sunday. The burned bodies have been sent to Montreal for identification. Brunet said "we know that there will be many more" deaths.
Firefighters are still working to extinguish two burning tank cars at risk of exploding, said Lac-Megantic Fire Chief Denis Lauzon. Firefighters have to stay 500 feet away from the tankers still on fire.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper toured the town Sunday and expressed sympathy for its residents.
"It looks like a war zone here," Harper said in a news conference outside Polyvalente Montignac High School, the main staging area for search-and-rescue efforts.
"A beautiful downtown here has been destroyed," he said. "There's going to be a need for substantial reconstruction."
Harper would not comment on the specifics of the disaster except that he expected information "about why this occurred" to lead to a police investigation.
"I've heard things that concern me greatly," he said. "There will be investigations that will point to guilty or responsible people."
The train, pulling more than 70 tankers of crude oil, had been parked for the night 7 miles away from Lac-Megantic, according to a statement from the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway. It slipped downhill, derailed, then crashed into downtown, leveling dozens of homes and buildings. Tankers exploded, sending thick plumes of smoke into the night sky.
Witnesses told the CBC they heard five or six explosions.
One witness saw the first train tanker tip over and yelled "run, run!" as he dashed toward the lake of the same name as the town. He told CBC the flames chased him to the edge of the water.
"The fire was moving so quickly," he said. "We saw balls of fire shooting out onto the water."
One woman told CNN affiliate CTV she was working at a bar nearby and got off work an hour before the accident.
"I have no news from my friends, I haven't heard from any of them," she told tearfully told CTV. "I can't say more than that. We're waiting for confirmation."



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Re: Ghost Train Exploded in the Middle of a Town

How tragic
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