Canada Train Disaster: Death Toll Jumps to 37
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Two more bodies were found on Monday in downtown Lac-Megantic, the Quebec town devastated when an oil tanker train derailed and exploded, bringing the body count to 37 of the 50 presumed dead.
The train, made up of 72 tanker cars loaded with crude oil, derailed in the early hours of July 6 in Lac-Megantic, a resort town of 6,000 near the Canada-US border.
Waves of fire gutted several streets in the town center, AFP reported.
The disaster appears to have been caused by an engineer's failure to properly set the hand brake on the runaway, the railway's chairman said this week.