Freight Train Derailment Causes Huge Fire And Evacuation - Q...

Posted by clownygal on Jul. 06, 2013

Thousands of residents in the Canadian town of Lac-Mégantic were evacuated early on Saturday, after a freight train carrying crude oil derailed, sparking a major fire. Several tanker cars of petroleum products exploded in the middle of the small town in the Canadian province of Quebec, in a blast that destroyed many buildings and sent flames hundreds of feet into the air. Police in Lac-Megantic, a lakeside town of about 6,000 people, said they had been unable to determine if there were any casualties. Fire officials said around 30 buildings in the town center were destroyed, some by the blast and others by the subsequent fire.

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