Quebec police: 5 dead in oil train derailment

LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec (AP) - Officials say two more bodies have been discovered Sunday, bringing the death toll to five after a runaway train carrying crude oil derailed in eastern Quebec, igniting explosions and fires that destroyed a town's downtown center.

Quebec provincial police Lt. Michel Brunet said Sunday that 40 people are missing. Brunet says that number could fluctuate.

Police earlier said that two people were found dead overnight after one death was confirmed Saturday.

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Officials say two more bodies were discovered overnight after a runaway train carrying crude oil derailed in eastern Quebec, igniting explosions and fires that destroyed a town's center. That brings the confirmed death toll to three.

Quebec provincial police lieutenant Michel Brunet said Sunday says that fires are preventing rescuers from reaching parts of the train on fire, and that some of the other people who are missing are likely dead.

Police are still not saying how many other people are missing.

The eruptions sent residents of Lac-Megantic scrambling through the streets under the intense heat of towering fireballs and a red glow that illuminated the night sky, witnesses said.


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