CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-Five die, 40 missing after Canadian freight train disaster
(In paragraph 29, corrects to say it would be deadliest accident in Canada since 1998 crash, not 1956)
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