Canada police expect death toll in oil train blast to rise

LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec, July 6 Sat Jul 6, 2013 9:56pm EDT

LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec, July 6 (Reuters) - Canadian police expect the death toll from a fatal fuel train blast in a small Quebec town to be more than the one person confirmed dead so far, a spokesman said on Saturday.

The driverless train and 72 tankers of crude oil jumped the tracks in the small town of Lac-Megantic early in the morning and exploded in a massive fireball.

"We have already confirmed one death and we expect there will be others," police spokesman Guy Lapointe told a late-night briefing. He declined to comment on media reports saying anywhere between 40 and 80 people were missing. (Reporting by David Ljunggren; editing by Jackie Frank)