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Derailment kills 1, sparks explosions

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LAC-MEGANTIC — Fires continued burning late Saturday nearly 24 hours after a train carrying crude oil derailed in eastern Quebec, sparking explosions and a blaze that destroyed the center of a town and killed one person. Police said they expected the death toll to increase. Between 1,500 and 2,000 people were forced from their homes in the town about 10 miles from the Maine border. The cause of the accident was believed to be a runaway train, the railway’s operator said. The president and CEO of Rail World Inc., the parent company of Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway, said the train had been parked uphill of Lac-Megantic. (AP)

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