As Many As 1,000 Evacuated After Train Carrying Crude Derails

LAC MEGANTIC, Quebec (July 6, 2013)—As many as 1,000 people were evacuated Saturday after a train carrying crude oil derailed in a town in Quebec, resulting in several explosions.

Several people were reported missing after the derailment Saturday morning.

Quebec provincial police Lt. Michel Brunet said it’s too early to say whether there were any casualties in the town of Lac Megantic about 155 miles east of Montreal.

Hours after the derailment, flames and billowing smoke were visible for several miles.

Some of the train's 73 cars exploded and the fire spread to a number of homes.

Environment Quebec spokesman Christian Blanchette said a large but undetermined amount of fuel also spilled into the Chaudiere River.

The train, which was reportedly heading toward Maine, belongs to Montreal Maine & Atlantic.

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