Remains of 33 victims recovered; 17 missing a week after fiery derailment

LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec (AP) — Canadian authorities say the remains of 33 people have now been recovered in the small Quebec town devastated by a fiery train derailment. Seventeen others are missing and presumed dead.

It was a week ago today that a locomotive and 72 tankers carrying shale oil slammed into downtown Lac-Megantic (lak-MAH’-gan-tihk) after rolling down a slope and gathering speed. The crash and ensuing explosions destroyed homes, businesses and a bar filled with people.

The unattended Montreal, Maine and Atlantic train had been parked overnight a few miles away.

Earlier today the town’s church bells tolled 50 times in memory of those who died.

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