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    Quebec town rocked by explosions, fire after derailment in Lac-Mégantic

    This looks just HORRIBLE!

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/...ment-fire.html

    Quebec town rocked by explosions, fire after derailment
    Train derailment in Lac-Mégantic forces 1,000 from homes as several reported missing
    CBC News Posted: Jul 6, 2013 6:19 AM ET Last Updated: Jul 6, 2013 10:13 AM ET

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    1,000 evacuated from their homes
    1-kilometre wide security perimeter
    Several missing, feared dead
    Over 100 firefighters battle flames

    A train carrying crude oil derailed overnight in the heart of Lac-Mégantic in Quebec's Eastern Townships, sparking a major fire that led to the evacuation of 1,000 people from their homes.

    'It's terrible. We've never seen anything like it.'
    —Claude Bédard, Lac-Mégantic resident
    Witnesses reported between four and six explosions overnight in the town of about 6,000 people. The derailment happened at about 1 a.m. ET, about 250 kilometres east of Montreal.

    It is not yet known if there are any casualties, but several people have been reported missing and are feared dead.
    EDIT:

    The Globe and Mail ‏@globeandmail 1h
    From @GlobeQuebec: Massive explosions strike Quebec town after train carrying oil derails http://bit.ly/11pxLhT
    EDIT2:

    Aerial photo: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BOfz1IACQAAS0tZ.jpg

    Street-level: http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/image...2_68584914.jpg

    Map: http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/image...acmegantic.gif

    EDIT3:

    The Associated Press ‏@AP 5m
    BREAKING: Officials: 1 person declared dead after oil train derailment in Quebec -RJJ
    Last edited by dardar1126; 07-06-2013 at 09:24 PM.

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    I hope there are no further casualties

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angelskates View Post
    I hope there are no further casualties
    I hope so, too. But since this happened at night, some may have been sleeping and trapped in their homes.

    It seems that some of the train cars carrying the crude oil became uncoupled from the engine (?), rolled down the track, derailed and caught fire.

    Oil has leaked into the nearby lake and river.

    EDIT: via Twitter...

    Breaking News ‏@BreakingNews 11m
    Canadian police say they expect more deaths in Quebec town after derailed freight train explosion - @Reuters
    PIC: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BOiSuxkCIAAT43j.png
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    So scary!
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    Any possibility of terrorism? Or was it just an unfortunate accident?

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    Trains derail. This was an extremely unfortunate place to derail. Besides, if someone wanted to derail trains carrying explosive petroleum products, there are far more 'attractive' targets in Canada than a town in the Eastern Townships of Quebec.
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    The Globe and Mail ‏@globeandmail 4m
    From @GlobeQuebec: Video: Quebec police confirm at least three dead after train derailment http://bit.ly/1d6eYIB
    BBC News US ‏@BBCNewsUS 1h
    Video: "Risk of more explosions" after train crash kills 3 in eastern Canada http://bbc.in/1d65ygd
    The Globe and Mail ‏@globeandmail 1h
    From @GlobeQuebec: In pictures: Fire continues to burn in Lac-Mégantic http://bit.ly/11slvgF
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    Breaking News ‏@BreakingNews 5m
    Update: 5 now dead, 40 reported missing in Quebec train derailment, police say - @CBCAlerts
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    My dad was born about 20 miles south in Piopolis. So far, no one in the extended family is impacted, but an elderly 2nd cousin is opening her farm and will be housing some of the displaced.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aceon6 View Post
    My dad was born about 20 miles south in Piopolis. So far, no one in the extended family is impacted, but an elderly 2nd cousin is opening her farm and will be housing some of the displaced.
    That is very kind of your aunt; I'm sure it will appreciated!

    Here's a sad update regarding the missing:

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/...medium=twitter

    Relatives have little hope for those missing in Quebec explosion, fire
    VERITY STEVENSON AND SOPHIE COUSINEAU
    Lac-Mégantic, Que. — The Globe and Mail
    Published Sunday, Jul. 07 2013, 1:31 PM EDT
    Last updated Sunday, Jul. 07 2013, 1:35 PM EDT

    Excerpt:

    MORE RELATED TO THIS STORY

    Five confirmed dead, more than 40 missing after explosions in Lac-Mégantic
    Train was ablaze hours prior to derailment: fire chief
    Train company in Quebec derailment headed by Chicago rail veteran


    Relatives of the more than 40 people officially considered missing expressed little hope Sunday of finding them alive after a train carrying crude oil derailed, exploded and burst into flames Saturday in this town in eastern Quebec.

    Raymond Lafontaine, president of a local construction company, believes his son Gaëtan Lafontaine and his daughter-in-law Karine died in the explosion. He criticized officials for allowing the rail line in the centre of the town.

    “They have been running petroleum trains through our town for the past two years. It’s criminal,” said Lafontaine, who spoke Sunday in front of the high school Polyvalente Montigniac, which is currently serving as the town’s main shelter.

    Others described a surreal scene.

    “I slept in my car last night. I didn’t know if I’d sleep well inside [the high school]. We’re pretty much cut off from reality,” said Sylvain Tessier.

    Red Cross spokesperson Myrianne Marotte said that 163 people stayed overnight at the school. Despite the horrific situation, morale is high, she said.

    Family members of the missing milled about the school Sunday.

    “We think my uncle was at Musi-Café (near the scene of the explosion) when it happened,” Joannie Bouhard, a young woman from Lennoxville, Que., who came to the town Saturday evening to support her family said.

    “And besides, his apartment is right above. My grandmother was lucky. She was staying with him, but they got into a fight and she left. So, she’s safe, but we haven’t heard from him.”
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    WOW! I had no idea that so many could be killed. Prayers and thoughts to all those effected.

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    Very scary and tragic for the town's people. My sympathies to those killed and the survivors who are suffering now.

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    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/p...MPLATE=DEFAULT

    Fire fighters continue to water smoldering rubble Sunday, July 7, 2013 in Lac Megantic, Quebec. A runaway train derailed Saturday igniting tanker cars carrying crude oil. (AP Photo/THE CANADIAN PRESS,Ryan Remiorz)

    EDIT: via Twitter...

    The Globe and Mail ‏@globeandmail 8m
    Train operator blames air brakes for derailment, explosions in Quebec http://bit.ly/1d7zgkX
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    Sending prayers to Quebec ...

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    There just are no words. Horrific tragedy. :-(

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    This is such a sad story. 5 confirmed dead, 40 still missing. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montre...explosion.html

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    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/...medium=twitter

    Four questions about the Lac-Mégantic disaster
    TU THANH HA
    The Globe and Mail
    Published Monday, Jul. 08 2013, 10:38 AM EDT
    Last updated Monday, Jul. 08 2013, 10:38 AM EDT

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    Quote Originally Posted by dardar1126 View Post
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/...medium=twitter

    Four questions about the Lac-Mégantic disaster
    TU THANH HA
    The Globe and Mail
    Published Monday, Jul. 08 2013, 10:38 AM EDT
    Last updated Monday, Jul. 08 2013, 10:38 AM EDT
    The four questions in the article are:
    Did someone tamper with the train?
    Isn't there a back-up system (for the train's brakes)?
    Why was a trainload of flammable liquid parked uphill from the town?
    How long will it take to know the number of dead and identify the victims' remains? (Answer -- it may take a very long time, if ever. )
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    40 missing is a very big number. Good thoughts going out to all involved.
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    Video: Lac-Mégantic resident on the trials of evacuation following train explosions http://bit.ly/11vZugY
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    A stunning and terrifying photo of the Quebec fuel train explosion (The Canadian Press/Paul Chiasson)

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BOqqNZjCEAAdvr_.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by milanessa View Post
    40 missing is a very big number. Good thoughts going out to all involved.
    I have a scary feeling that they may not be found at all, if the explosion was so bad that nothing was left of them. That would be sad beyond words for the family. Hopefully they are just somewhere else- injured but alive.

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