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Residents Heading Home In Blasted Quebec Town

NPR | July 9, 2013 4:35 p.m.

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Mark Memmott

A view from above showing some of the destruction in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, after Saturday's train derailment, explosions and the fires that followed.

A view from above showing some of the destruction in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, after Saturday's train derailment, explosions and the fires that followed.

Mathieu Belanger, Reuters /Landov

“A majority of the 2,000 people forced out of their Lac-Mégantic, Que., homes following the massive rail tank-car explosions Saturday morning are being allowed to return home today,” CBC News reported Tuesday.

But as that was happening, there was still no word about the fate of dozens of their neighbors. When we left the story Monday evening, officials were saying they had raised the confirmed death toll to 13. But many people were still unaccounted for. That’s still the case. The CBC writes that, according to police, “some 50 people are missing — a figure that includes the 13 unidentified bodies that have been recovered since the train derailed at about 1 a.m. ET Saturday.”

Meanwhile, the investigation continues into why more than 70 tank cars filled with oil rolled into the town and derailed. According to The Montreal Gazette, “the chairman of the company whose train exploded in downtown Lac-Mégantic says he is certain it was tampered with.”

Lac-Mégantic is east of Montreal, near the border with Maine.

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