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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Jul 9, 2013 7:28 PM Flag

    Criminal probe opens in Quebec oil train derailment

    Criminal probe opens in Quebec oil train derailment

    July 9, 2013 at 5:27 pm by Associated Press

    This photo provided by Surete du Quebec, shows wrecked oil tankers and debris from a runaway train on Monday, July 8, 2013 in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Canada. (AP Photo/Surete du Quebec, The Canadian Press)

    By Sean Farrell
    Associated Press

    LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec (AP) — Canadian authorities said Tuesday they have opened a criminal investigation into the fiery wreck of a runaway oil train as the death toll climbed to 15, with dozens more bodies feared buried in the blackened, burned-out ruins of this small town.

    Quebec police Inspector Michel Forget said that investigators have “discovered elements” that have led to a criminal probe. He gave no details but ruled out terrorism.

    Tangled debris and gas leaks hampered rescue workers’ search for bodies three days after the crash early Saturday that incinerated much of Lac-Megantic’s downtown and raised questions about the safety of transporting oil by rail instead of pipeline.

    Investigators zeroed in on whether a blaze on the train a few hours before the disaster set off the deadly chain of events.

    The death toll rose with the discovery of two more bodies Tuesday. About three dozen more people were missing.

    “This is a very risky environment. We have to secure the safety of those working there. We have some hotspots on the scene. There is some gas,” Quebec Provincial Police Sgt. Benoit Richard said.

    The bodies that have been recovered were burned so badly they have yet to be identified.

    The Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway train broke loose early Saturday and hurtled downhill through the darkness nearly seven miles (11 kilometers) before jumping the tracks at 63 mph (101 kph) in Lac-Megantic, near the Maine border, investigators said. All but one of the 73 cars were carrying oil. At least five exploded.

    The blasts destroyed about 30 buildings, including the Musi-Cafe, a popular bar that was fille

 
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