13 dead, 37 missing in Quebec train explosion, residents demand answers from railway

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Watch above, as officials update the Lac-Mégantic disaster Monday morning.

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TORONTO – Thirteen people are confirmed dead, and about 37 are believed missing since tanker cars full of crude oil rolled down a hill in a blaze of fireballs early Saturday morning, obliterating the downtown core of Lac-Megantic, Que.

Authorities warned that the death toll is likely to climb in the aftermath of what witnesses call a “sea of fire” and a “crematorium.”

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Those who have been displaced from their houses will not be able to return home Monday, but officials expect about 1,500 will be able to get back to their residences on Tuesday. Quebec provincial police Sgt. Benoit Richard said safety concerns prevented overnight search operations.

An estimated 800 tonnes of crude oil spilled into Lac-Megantic and a…

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