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Sunday 20 April 2014

One dead after oil train blast

Smoke rises from the scene of a train derailment in Lac Megantic, Quebec, Canada (AP)

One person has died after a train carrying crude oil derailed, triggering several explosions and a huge blaze in a town in eastern Quebec.

Police Lieutenant Michel Brunet would not say how many people might be missing after the 73-car train derailed in the town of Lac-Megantic about 155 miles east of Montreal.

Officials said the explosions and fire destroyed a large part of the town's down town area. Up to 1,000 people were forced from their homes in the town.

Witnesses say the eruptions sent many local residents scrambling through the streets under the intense heat of towering fireballs and a red glow that illuminated the night sky.

Press Association

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