LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec (AP) — Canadian authorities in Quebec, near the Maine border say they expect to find more dead following the derailment of a runaway train carrying crude oil and the subsequent and fire that destroyed a town center.
Officials say fires continue to burn more than 24 hours after the incident that killed at least one person.
Witnesses say 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. Flames and billowing black smoke could still be seen long after the 73-car train derailed.
Up to 2,000 people were forced from their homes in the lakeside town of 6,000 people, which is about 10 miles west of the Maine border. A number of people are missing.