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One dead and sixty missing as runaway train carrying hundreds of tons of oil derails and explodes...
The London Daily Mail ^ | July 6, 2013 | Jessica Jerreat

Posted on 07/06/2013 4:37:47 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

The center of a Quebec town has been wiped out, according to the mayor, after a runaway freight train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded in a fireball at 1am on Saturday.

One person was killed and about 30 buildings were destroyed as the unmanned train exploded. About 60 people are believed to be missing, but the force of the fire has slowed rescue efforts.

Parts of the town were evacuated in the early hours as fireballs shot several-metres in the air, flames spread to nearby homes and thick acrid smoke filled the air in Lac-Megantic, which is close to the Maine border and about 250km from Montreal.

The name of the person killed in the blaze, caused by a runaway Montreal Maine & Atlantic train, has not yet been named.

The train's conductor, who was in a hotel at the town at the time of the crash, is being questioned by police, according to CTV News.

He had parked the train in Nantes, about 12km away, as he waited for someone to take over his shift, when it somehow 'got released', the railway company's vice-president Joseph McGonigle said.

'We're not sure what happened, but the engineer did everything by the book. He had parked the train and was waiting for his relief,' he added.

The train's engine was found about 1km from where the explosions took place, creating what authorities have described as 'a war zone'.

About 30 shops and homes in the town center, including the library and local weekly newspaper's office, were destroyed by the fire, which is being dealt with by firefighters from Quebec and Maine.

'Words cannot tell the damage that had been done,' Sergeant Gregory Gomez del Prado, of Quebec Police, said. 'Many, many buildings have been damaged. It’s a catastrophe for the town.....

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Canada
KEYWORDS: canada; explosion; fatalities; oil
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Terrible.
1 posted on 07/06/2013 4:37:47 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Dude, where’s my train?


2 posted on 07/06/2013 4:39:33 PM PDT by IrishPennant (Excuse me...Here's your nose. I found it in my business....agian!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Is this Obama’s buddies train? BNSF?
Warren Buffet does not want any sinking pipelines!
3 posted on 07/06/2013 4:40:28 PM PDT by Kansas58
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

After viewing photos of the town center, I fear a good number of the missing 60 are incinerated.


4 posted on 07/06/2013 4:40:30 PM PDT by Rebelbase (Our parents: The Greatest Generation. Their kids and grand kids: The Stupidest.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oh, my, I had not heard that number missing. That is really bad/sad.


5 posted on 07/06/2013 4:40:48 PM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

But a pipeline would destroy the environment....


6 posted on 07/06/2013 4:41:24 PM PDT by freebilly (Creepy and the Ass Crackers....)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Holy carp! An “unmanned” train? Carrying oil?


7 posted on 07/06/2013 4:47:31 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (If America is a nation of immigrants, where's my free stuff?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I hate myself for thinking his way, but a story like this and I find myself looking for Mid-Eastern names.


8 posted on 07/06/2013 4:47:35 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I've been to Quebec City (Old Quebec) and it's like you just entered old time France (been there, too). The buildings are old and beautiful and it's built on a hill with some buildings up and some down, go down and up stairs or a gizmo that moves you from up to down. I have a plate from there on my wall of plates and a beautiful cup and saucer with Quebec facts on it, cup/saucer is cream and gold - beautiful pieces.

If this train had to do that, I'm glad it didn't happen to Quebec City. We traveled by train from Montreal to Quebec City. The train station is right in the middle of Quebec City. Perhaps a freight train doesn't take that route through Quebec City, or maybe it does - train track is train track.

9 posted on 07/06/2013 4:51:48 PM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Can they thank The Obammunist for this because he refuses to build the XL pipeline?


10 posted on 07/06/2013 4:52:52 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Parts of the town were evacuated in the early hours as fireballs shot several-metres in the air”

Wow, isn’t that about six feet?


11 posted on 07/06/2013 4:53:37 PM PDT by babygene ( .)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Fireball: A cloud of fire is blasted into the sky above Lac Megantic after a freight train exploded


Explosive: Balls of fire and thick smoke fill the sky above Lac Megantic after a train carrying crude oil derailed


12 posted on 07/06/2013 4:55:52 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: Kansas58
The train was MMA but the string of sweet crude cars was likely coming from NDakota headed to a refinery in Atlantic Canada.

I found one guy who claims that the (unattended) train was on fire an hour before the 73 tank cars hit town going faster than the track curvature was rated.

https://twitter.com/MrHuchette/status/353555167897071617/photo/1


13 posted on 07/06/2013 4:58:22 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Getting relatively little news here in the states.


14 posted on 07/06/2013 4:58:33 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: COBOL2Java

I didn’t know crude oil could explode like that. I would have thought it was liquid natural gas.


15 posted on 07/06/2013 4:59:56 PM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: Paladin2

Yes, the MMA website says that they “link” with, I think, 7 “major” rail companies so it looks like BNSF could still be involved.
Horrible tragedy, but lets not let this go to waste if we can blame it on libs!


16 posted on 07/06/2013 5:02:17 PM PDT by Kansas58
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To: babygene

Several meters meaning more than a couple but less than many would be a minimum of 10 feet.


17 posted on 07/06/2013 5:02:55 PM PDT by Valpal1 (If the police can t solve a problem with brute force, they ll find a way to fix it with brute force)
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To: babygene

Wow...are you that ignorant....”several metres” is likely 20-30 feet...


18 posted on 07/06/2013 5:03:01 PM PDT by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: Kansas58

“The railroad is under the supervision of Montreal, Maine &
Atlantic. The company owns around 500 miles of track across Maine
and Vermont in the US, as well as in Quebec and New Brunswick in
Canada. “


19 posted on 07/06/2013 5:03:09 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

1) ROP.
2) A good example of WHY WE NEED TO BUILD THE XL PIPELINE!!!!!


20 posted on 07/06/2013 5:03:19 PM PDT by 50sDad (A Liberal prevents me from telling you anything here.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is terrible, indeed. Of course, there will be much disappointment in the liberal enviro-nut camps as a result of this. Afterall, we don’t need a pipeline when we’ve got uncle Warren’s super safe trains to transport oil.

Well folks, tell me, how many people died in the last pipeline rupture? Cickets....chirp.....chirp


21 posted on 07/06/2013 5:05:23 PM PDT by RobertClark (My shrink just killed himself - he blamed me in his note!)
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To: Incorrigible

The explosions could have been BLEVE’s

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=bleve+video&qpvt=bleve+video&FORM=VDRE

Crude oil could explode under conditions that create BLEVE’s.

Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion.


22 posted on 07/06/2013 5:05:37 PM PDT by Fzob (In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Jefferson)
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To: COBOL2Java

That’s a bit more than 6 feet! Yow. Prayers up for the people of Quebec.


23 posted on 07/06/2013 5:07:03 PM PDT by PrairieDawg (Hey, hey - ho, ho - Chickenpooper's got to go!)
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To: Incorrigible
When I think about crude, I tend to think LaBrea Tar pits thick black goop.

But obviously most crude contains some straight run gasoline and other lighter hydrocarbons that could easily vaporize, mix with oxygen and be explosive.

24 posted on 07/06/2013 5:07:51 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

The line used to belong to Canadian Pacific; they sold off the Atlantic route that cut though Maine as the shortest route between Montréal and Halifax.


25 posted on 07/06/2013 5:08:07 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Thank God they didn’t let them build a pipeline.


26 posted on 07/06/2013 5:10:57 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (This is a sarcasm tag for the retards unable to recognize sarcasm.)
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To: RobertClark

We had 1 killed here near Napoleon Michigan a couple of weeks ago. It was pure “pilot error”. A driver delivering equipment to a gas well ran over a valve that was sticking up out of the ground and died from burns.

And then we had this idiot protesting by crawling inside the Embridge pipeline during reconstruction.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3034986/posts


27 posted on 07/06/2013 5:14:00 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Paladin2

“MMA connects with seven Class I, regional and local railroads and provides the shortest, most-direct rail link between Northern Maine, Saint John, New Brunswick and Montreal. In addition, MMA offers excellent access to port facilities on the Atlantic at Saint John, New Brunswick and Searsport, Maine.”
http://mmarail.com/profile_main.php


28 posted on 07/06/2013 5:14:26 PM PDT by Kansas58
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To: Incorrigible

Yes, I did not think crude oil would explode like that, but a crack on one of the cars can let out fumes and they explode.


29 posted on 07/06/2013 5:15:24 PM PDT by Maine Mariner
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To: Squawk 8888
The line used to belong to Canadian Pacific...

was wondering if it was the John Galt line...

30 posted on 07/06/2013 5:17:34 PM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: Rebelbase

I fear you are right.


31 posted on 07/06/2013 5:18:07 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: FlingWingFlyer
Holy carp! An “unmanned” train? Carrying oil?

Listening to BBC. The company president said the engineer had finished his run and parked the train on a rise...with the brake on, he says.
32 posted on 07/06/2013 5:20:04 PM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: Maine Mariner; Paladin2; Fzob

Thanks for the BLEVE info. Certainly looks like that was the case considering that the train was on fire before the derailment. Another source says it was a run-a-way train that got away from its crew while waiting for a crew change.


33 posted on 07/06/2013 5:21:05 PM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: LostInBayport

Yikes! It seems like they’d want someone at the controls at all times. Unreal.


34 posted on 07/06/2013 5:22:55 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (If America is a nation of immigrants, where's my free stuff?)
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To: Kansas58

I hope the Republicans don’t let this disaster go to waste in getting the pipeline approved........


35 posted on 07/06/2013 5:24:45 PM PDT by Average Al
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To: LostInBayport
I never cease to be amazed at the amount of time freight train cars spend sitting around. One would think that they are like little packets that have to be checked for their destination and then speedily sent on their way down the correct track.

Time is money.

36 posted on 07/06/2013 5:24:46 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: FlingWingFlyer

The cargo value and equipment investment should be easily high enough to have the train manned at all times and moving along as quickly as possible.


37 posted on 07/06/2013 5:26:56 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

Yet trains are about the most efficient way to move most freight cross country (Aside from things like oil and gas)


38 posted on 07/06/2013 5:27:27 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

strange reports on this one. Engineer says he parked the train. Who set this train to rolling?


39 posted on 07/06/2013 5:28:59 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Shipping oil by train? They ought to build a pipeline instead.

Oh wait . . .

40 posted on 07/06/2013 5:33:24 PM PDT by Hoodat (BENGHAZI - 4 KILLED, 2 MIA)
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To: no-to-illegals

See post 13 and it gets even odder.


41 posted on 07/06/2013 5:33:31 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Thanks creek ... going there.


42 posted on 07/06/2013 5:34:56 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: Paladin2

Looks like something is up. Thanks ... info needs and verifications needed. Listening up there Mounties?


43 posted on 07/06/2013 5:37:43 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: Hoodat

Our Glorious Premier doesn’t like pipelines.

Pray for America to Wake Up


44 posted on 07/06/2013 5:46:16 PM PDT by bray (Stop tolerating beheading!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Locomotives do not uncouple by themselves.

Train cars do not start rolling on their own sans locomotive.

Disgruntled ex-employee or AQ?


45 posted on 07/06/2013 6:00:42 PM PDT by lightman (Prosecute the heresies; pity the heretics.)
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To: Incorrigible

I am with you. This is strange. Crude hauls in less than a 100 psi tankcar. Not high pressure like propane or butane. Keep shaking my head. So many exploded. Wow.


46 posted on 07/06/2013 6:08:49 PM PDT by I_be_tc
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To: Kansas58

What a terrible thing to say :(

Truly disappointing words from something truly tragic.


47 posted on 07/06/2013 6:30:18 PM PDT by PurVirgo (Smeg!)
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To: fanfan; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Awful. Thanks 2ndDivisionVet.


48 posted on 07/06/2013 6:34:58 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The name of the person killed in the blaze, caused by a runaway Montreal Maine & Atlantic train, has not yet been named.

I understand the tragedy, and prayers to all concerned...but can journalists PLEASE stop making such glaring errors in their copy?

49 posted on 07/06/2013 6:41:21 PM PDT by Lazamataz (If illegal aliens voted (R), then the Dems would create the tightest border security in the world.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Looks like West, Texas after the fertilizer explosion. I hope the Canadian PM does more than Odinga did to help the locals.


50 posted on 07/06/2013 6:43:15 PM PDT by batterycommander (a little more rubble, a lot less trouble)
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