60 people missing after Quebec derailment, blasts

2013-07-06 19:37

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Montreal - About 60 people were missing after a fuel-laden freight train derailed and exploded on Saturday in the middle of a Quebec town.

A train carrying crude oil left the track in downtown Lac-Megantic and burst into flames, engulfing at least 30 buildings, including popular cafes and restaurants filled with patrons.

Yannick Gagne, the owner of the Musi-Cafe restaurant, located at the epicentre of the explosions, told Radio-Canada that at least 30 people were in his restaurant when he left minutes before the explosions.

"We saw the explosions, and I ran out of the house to help," Gagne said.

"Then I got a call from my employees inside the restaurant.

"It was total mayhem. They were crying, they were yelling that there was fire everywhere. Then the line went dead."

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