CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-Five die, 40 missing after Canadian freight train disaster
(Corrects first name of rail consultant in paragraph 10, Gary instead of Guy)
By Richard Valdmanis and Julie Gordon
LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec, July 7 (Reuters) - At least five people died and 40 were missing on Sunday after a runaway train carrying crude oil exploded and destroyed the center of a small Canadian town in a disaster that raises fresh questions about shipping oil by rail.
The train had been hauling crude from North Dakota to eastern Canada, and was parked, without a driver, outside town when it began rolling downhill, gathering speed and derailing on a curve at 1 a.m. (0500 GMT) on Saturday.
Each tanker carried 30,000 gallons (113,000 liters) of crude oil. Four cars caught fire and exploded in a huge orange and black fireball that mushroomed hundreds of feet into the air and flattened dozens of buildings, including a popular bar.
Police said were investigating the disaster, and would talk to everyone involved.
Graphic showing location of disaster