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Petrochemical train explodes in Canada

Toronto, July 7: Around 1,000 people had to be evacuated Saturday after a driverless train carrying light crude oil exploded in a Canadian town, BBC reported.Some 60 people were missing, but no casualties were confirmed

IANS [ Updated: July 07, 2013 10:34 IST ]
petrochemical train explodes in canada
petrochemical train explodes in canada

Toronto, July 7: Around 1,000 people had to be evacuated Saturday after a driverless train carrying light crude oil exploded in a Canadian town, BBC reported.





Some 60 people were missing, but no casualties were confirmed immediately.

The blast sent a fireball and black smoke into the air, destroying dozens of buildings in Lac-Megantic town, some 250 km east of Montreal, a city in Quebec province.

The train's 77 fuel cars reportedly uncoupled from its parked engine and derailed early Saturday; 120 fire fighters were pressed into service to douse the the blaze.

The town centre was crowded at the time of the blast, and that "chaos" ensued, a witness said.

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