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Possibly 50 People Dead Following Quebec Train Crash

Story By: Larry Stine



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  Original Published: 7/11/2013 A painstakingly slow search is underway in Quebec, Canada, where a runaway train derailed and caught fire in the center of a small town. Police are looking at the possibility of foul play. So far, 20 people have been confirmed dead. Andrew Spencer reports dozens of others are still missing. This is Real Custeau, one of the dozens of people still missing. His mother says his home was destroyed in Saturday's train crash. "For days, I lived in hope that my son would call, that he was still alive, but I know in my heart he is gone." says Therese Custeau. Tank cars full of oil exploded and burned in the heart of Lac-Megantic on Saturday, when a runaway train derailed. The fire burned so hot, authorities worry they may never find the remains of some victims. "Until now, we have recouperated on the scene 20 deceased," says Michel Gorget of the Quebec Provincial Police. Another 30 people are missing and "most probably dead' as well, according to officials. Police say they've found evidence of tampering, making residents wonder who could be responsible. 'This person killed a lot of people," says resident Karine Blanchette, The head of the company that owns the train faced an enraged public on Wednesday. He says the train's engineer has been suspended without pay and now faces a criminal investigation. "I understand the extreme anger," says Edward Burkhardt, MMAR Chairman. "Beyond that, we'll do what we can to address the issues here. We can't roll back time." Meantime, Real Custeau's mother has provided DNA in the hopes that authorities can find her son's remains. "I don't know if they will ever find his body," she says. "If I will ever be able to bury my son." Authorities have said those still missing may have been vaporized by the resulting inferno.
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