agence france-presse
MONTREAL, 13 JULY: The death toll from the Lac-Megantic train disaster rose to 28 after four more bodies were pulled from rubble of the devastated Canadian town.
Twenty-two people remain missing and are presumed dead after the rail disaster, Quebec police said, as accident investigators continue to comb through the destruction. A spokesman from the coroner’s office said they have now identified eight of the 28 bodies, up from just one earlier. Part of a train made up of 72 tank cars loaded with crude oil derailed in the early hours today in Lac-Megantic, near the Quebec-Maine border, igniting a huge explosion that laid waste to the center of the lakeside town.
Police working in the disaster zone have had “a great deal of difficulty” because of strong petrol fumes, Quebec provincial police spokesman Michel Forget said.
“These are the places where there is a much denser concentration of oil. So, when we lift pieces, these fumes” reach insupportable limits for the investigators, he explained.
“We have had therefore to review our strategy and deploy to other spots,” Mr Forget said.