Least 5 Confirmed Dead After Runaway Train Derails, Explodes

LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec (July 7, 2013)--Two more bodies were discovered Sunday, raising the death toll to five after a runaway train carrying crude oil derailed in eastern Quebec, setting off explosions and igniting fires that destroyed a community’s downtown center.

Quebec provincial police Lt. Michel Brunet said Sunday that 40 people were missing Sunday, but said that number could fluctuate.

Police earlier said that two people were found dead overnight after one death was confirmed Saturday.

Officials said fires continued to burn more than 24 hours after the incident in the lakeside town of 6,000 about 10 miles West of the Maine border.

Witnesses said the eruptions sent residents of Lac-Megantic scrambling through the streets under the intense heat of towering fireballs and a red glow that illuminated the night sky.

As many as 2,000 residents were forced from their homes.

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