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40 still missing in deadly Canada oil train crash

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Hazardous conditions hindered firefighters' attempts Monday to search for some 40 people still missing in downtown Lac Megantic, Quebec, after a runaway oil tanker train exploded over the weekend, killing at least five people, officials said.

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The remains of burned tanker cars lie in the downtown Lac Megantic, Quebec, Sunday. A runaway train derailed Saturday igniting tanker cars carrying crude oil and devastated the town.

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Hazardous conditions hindered firefighters' attempts Monday to search for some 40 people still missing after a runaway oil tanker train exploded over the weekend, killing at least five people, officials said. Quebec provincial police Sgt. Benoit Richard said Monday morning there was no searching overnight because the situation remained too dangerous. He said only a small part of the devastated scene has been searched as firefighters made sure all flames were out. Many of those missing were believed to have been drinking at a popular downtown bar when the explosions occurred and rescuers were still not able to reach the area, Richard said.
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    • Hazardous conditions hindered firefighters’ attempts Monday to search for some 40 people still missing in downtown Lac Megantic, Quebec, after a runaway oil tanker train exploded over the weekend, killing at least five people, officials said.
    • The remains of burned tanker cars lie in the downtown Lac Megantic, Quebec, Sunday. A runaway train derailed Saturday igniting tanker cars carrying crude oil and devastated the town.
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