Five confirmed dead, 40 missing in Canada rail accident

08 July 2013 03:16  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS)--Five people were confirmed dead and about 40 were still unaccounted for following the derailment and explosion of a train carrying crude oil at a town in Quebec, Canada, on Sunday, Quebec provincial and Canadian federal authorities said.

Authorities fear that the death toll will rise, given the number of people reported missing at Lac-Megantic, some 250km east of Montreal.

The rail carrier – Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway (MMA) – said that the accident occurred at around 01:15 hours local time on Saturday.

The train - with 72 railcars – was parked uphill west of Lac-Megantic for a crew change. It subsequently moved downhill into Lac-Megantic, where the derailment and explosion occurred. There was no engineer on the train.

MMA said that while it is too early to determine the precise cause of the accident, it may have been triggered by the release of air brakes on the train's locomotive.

Canada
and the US have seen a sharp increase in oil shipments by railcar because of tight pipeline capacities.


By: Stefan Baumgarten
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