July 6, 2013 / 11:24 PM / 4 years ago

Railway says has reports of deaths after Canada derailment

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - The Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway said it has had reports of a number of fatalities and injuries in Lac Megantic, Quebec, after one of its trains carrying crude oil derailed and exploded in the middle of a town on Saturday.

The wreckage of a train is pictured after an explosion in Lac Megantic July 6, 2013. Several people were missing after four tank cars of petroleum products exploded in the middle of a small town in the Canadian province of Quebec early on Saturday in a fiery blast that destroyed dozens of buildings. REUTERS/Mathieu Belanger (CANADA - Tags: DISASTER ENERGY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

In a statement, the railway said the train had been stopped at 11:25 p.m. and tied down for a crew change at Nantes, 6.8 miles west of Lac Megantic. The train, without a driver, rolled into the town where it derailed.

The company did not say why the train was able to move but expects to recover an event recorder on board the train. Thirteen cars of the train’s 72 crude tankers were pulled away from the derailment site.

Reporting by Scott Haggett; Editing by Sandra Maler

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