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WATCH: Oil-carrying freight train derails and explodes

Unmanned train crashes into Canadian town leaving 5 dead, 40 missing.

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A freight train transporting crude oil derailed and exploded in the middle of a Canadian town on Saturday, leaving five people dead and more than 40 missing, Reuters reported.

The train, which was hauling 72 tanker cars, was parked, without a driver, for the night; however, the air brakes were somehow released, causing it to roll downhill, gathering speed before derailing on a curve in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic at 1 am (0500 GMT) on Saturday.

Montreal, Maine & Atlantic, the firm that owns the line, released a statement saying that it was still investigating the cause of the accident, but added the release might be linked to how the locomotive was shut down when the train was parked at Nantes Station, about 12 km west of Lac-Megantic, on Friday night.

After the derailment, four cars, each carrying 30,000 gallons (113,000 liters) of crude oil, caught fire and exploded flattening dozens of buildings.

Reuters quoted police reports on Sunday revealing that at least 40 people were missing.

A video of the incident can be viewed below: Courtesy of CrashDiscoveryTV:


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