1 dead after crude oil train derailment in Canada

2:13 PM, Jul 6, 2013   |    comments
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LAC MEGANTIC, Quebec  - One person is dead after a train carrying crude oil derailed in a Quebec town, sparking several explosions and forcing the evacuation of up to 1,000 people.

The derailment happened in the town of Lac Megantic, about 155 miles east of Montreal. Several people were reported missing after the derailment Saturday morning.

Flames and billowing smoke could be seen for several miles hours after the derailment. Some of the train's 73 cars exploded and the fire spread to a number of homes.

Environment Quebec spokesman Christian Blanchette says a large but undetermined amount of fuel also spilled into the Chaudiere River.

The train, reportedly heading toward Maine, belongs to Montreal Maine & Atlantic.

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