Death toll in Quebec train disaster rises to 13: police

LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec Mon Jul 8, 2013 5:17pm EDT

1 of 2. A burnt out vehicle sits near the wreckage of a train car after a train derailment in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, July 7, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Christinne Muschi

LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec (Reuters) - Canadian police said on Monday the death toll in a Quebec crude oil train disaster had risen to 13 after eight more bodies were found during the day.

Police said they estimated a total of around 50 people were either dead or missing after the gigantic blast destroyed dozens of buildings in the center of Lac-Megantic early on Saturday. Previously they had said the number of missing was 40.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)