Death Toll Rises To 13 In Quebec Train Explosion

Police in a small town in Quebec, Canada, where a runaway freight train holding crude oil caused a massive explosion Saturday, say they have found the bodies of eight more victims, bringing the death toll in Saturday’s incident to 13. The authorities also said they’re raising the number of people who haven’t bee accounted for, from 40 to 50.

Residents of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, are still awaiting word on the fate of friends, neighbors, and loved ones, as Mark reported this morning on The Two-Way. Police say they’re still searching for victims of the disaster.

Officials said Monday that about 1,500 people who had been evacuated from the town will be allowed to return home in the coming days, possibly beginning Tuesday.

The blast that struck in the early hours of Saturday left a scene that has been compared to a war zone, leveling at least 30 buildings in the town’s center, “including Le Musi-Café bar where partygoers were enjoying themselves in the wee hours of a glorious summer night,” the CBC reports.

“Jean-Thomas Fortin, a Quebec public safety officer, said that the resettlement plan will be announced to the public Tuesday,” Canada’s CTV reports. “He added that he hoped the reintegration will start the same day, but he could not confirm that would be the case.”

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