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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, July 9, 2013
LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec---The death toll in the dev-
astating oil train derailment in Quebec reached 13
yesterday, while about 40 people remained missing,
officials said after investigators finally got near
where the runaway train exploded.
Quebec provincial police Sgt Benoit Richard said
yesterday eight more bodies had been found in the
wreckage, after conditions improved enough for
inspectors to get better access to the charred site two
days after the disaster. Police would not say where
the bodies were located for fear of upsetting fami-
All but one of the train s 73 tanker cars were carrying
oil when they came loose early Saturday, sped downhill
nearly seven miles into the town of Lac-Megantic,
near the Maine border, and derailed, with at least five
of the cars exploding.
The blasts destroyed about 30 buildings, including
a public library and a popular bar that was filled with
revellers. Five bodies were found over the weekend.
Richard said inspectors could now go where they
needed. Officials had to wait for firefighters to dose
the flames and cool the oil tankers that could have
Investigators had been able to get closer to some
of the "hot spots," such as the area near the destroyed
Musi-Cafe, with the help of firefighters, he said.
The area remained part of a criminal investigation
and all options were being explored by investigators,
including the possibility that someone intentionally
tampered with the train, Richard said.
Queen Elizabeth II earlier expressed deep sadness
over the disaster yesterday, saying in a message through
the federal government that the loss of life "has
shocked us all." Canadian Prime Minister Stephen
Harper toured the town Sunday and compared it to
a war zone.
The train s owners said they believed brake failure
was to blame.
Officials were also looking at a locomotive blaze
on the same train a few hours before the derailment.
Meanwhile, crews were working to contain 100,000
SAN FRANCISCO---The Asiana jet that crashed at
San Francisco International Airport left lower sec-
tions of its tail on a rocky seawall and in the bay,
then scattered debris several hundred feet down
the runway, the NTSB reported yesterday in describ-
ing the plane s deadly path.
National Transportation Safety Board chairwoman
Deborah Hersman said the lower portion of the plane s
tail cone was found in rocks inside the seawall. A
"significant piece" of the tail of the aircraft was in
the water, and other plane parts were visible at low
tide, she said.
Hersman said at a news conference that investi-
gators have reviewed airport surveillance video to
determine whether an emergency vehicle ran over
one of two teenage girls killed in Saturday s crash
but have not been able to reach any conclusions.
She called the possibility a "very serious issue."
"I can tell you that the two fatalities were located
in seats towards the rear of the aircraft. This is an
area of the aircraft that was structurally significantly
damaged. It s an area where we re seeing a lot of the
critical or serious injuries," Hersman said of the girls
Investigators want to make sure they have all the
facts before reaching any conclusions, Hersman said,
adding that the coroner has not yet determined the
girl s cause of death and is charged with doing so.
San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault earlier
said his office was conducting an autopsy to determine
whether one of the victims survived the crash but
was run over and killed by a responding vehicle. (AP)
Canada train derailment
death toll rises to 13
A volunteer escorts an
evacuee to pick up
supplies from her home
near the blast site
yesterday. AP PHOTO
litres of light crude that spilled from the tankers and
made its way into nearby waterways. There were fears
it could flow into the St Lawrence River all the way
to Quebec City.
Quebec s Environment Ministry Spokesman Eric
Cardinal said officials remained hopeful they could
contain more than 85 per cent of the spill.
The heart of the town of about 6,000 was levelled.
About a third of the community was forced out of
their homes. (AP)
NTSB: Plane parts found
in San Francisco Bay
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