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Police say Canada train blast death toll now three, will rise

Sunday, July 07, 2013 - 01:13

July 7 - Canadian police raise the death toll from runaway freight train explosion to three and say they expect to find more bodies. Deborah Lutterbeck reports

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The death toll rises to three in Canada after a freight train exploded in a small Quebec town with authorities expecting to find more bodies. (SOUNDBITE) (French) MICHEL BRUNET, QUEBEC POLICE, SAYING: "Three bodies have been found. There are people who aren't accounted for and we know there are going to be more deaths, but once again we can't attach any figure to it at this stage." In the early hours of Saturday a driverless train derailed and exploded destroying dozens of buildings and memories in the town. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DENIS LAUZON, FIRE CHIEF, SAYING: "It's a mess. We lost great buildings, the historical buildings that we had in Lac-Magantic have disappeared. We had the bibliotec (library) that had all the memories of the people here, great books and everything that disappeared. It's a mess." Hours after the derailment, one car was still burning as firefighters, sprayed cold water over five unexploded tanker cars that they say pose a particular danger.

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Police say Canada train blast death toll now three, will rise

Sunday, July 07, 2013 - 01:13