Wednesday 16 April 2014

Bells chime to honour train victims

People remember the victims of the train crash blaze in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, one week on from the disaster (AP)

Church bells tolled 50 times in a small Quebec town in memory of the 50 people who died after a horrific oil train derailment a week ago.

The chimes at Ste-Agnes Church rang at midday on Saturday, followed by a minute of silence in the picturesque lakeside town devastated by the runaway train.

The authorities said they have now recovered the remains of 33 people. Seventeen people remain missing and are presumed dead.

When the clock struck 1:14am local time on Saturday morning, it marked one week to the minute that a locomotive and 72 tankers carrying shale oil slammed into Lac-Megantic after rolling down a slope and gathering speed.

The crash and ensuing explosions destroyed homes, businesses, and the Musi-Cafe bar that was filled with people.

The unattended Montreal, Maine and Atlantic train had been parked overnight a few miles away.

The first victim to be identified by the coroner's office earlier this week was 93-year-old Eliane Parenteau.

Press Association

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