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One dead, more fatalities likely in Quebec town levelled by train explosion

July 7, 2013

Prayers for the community of Lac-Megantic, Quebec, CANADA!

Global News

Above: Mike Armstrong reports from the devastated community of Lac-Megantic.

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LAC-MEGANTIC, Que. – About 40 people were declared missing amid a rising death toll in a Quebec town that saw its downtown core obliterated by the fiery explosions of a runaway train.

Five people were announced dead one day after explosions and fireballs razed much of Lac-Megantic, as tanker cars filled with crude oil hurtled down a hill and derailed in the middle of town.

Authorities warned Sunday that a higher death toll is inevitable.

Watch: Police release more details on the train derailment that caused an explosion in Lac-Megantic. 
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After viewing the devastation, Prime Minister Stephen Harper likened what was once the heart of Lac-Megantic to a “war zone.”

The incident has also shone the spotlight on the contentious political debate over oil transportation, and Canada’s rapidly expanding oil-by-rail…

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