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Freight Train Explosion Forces Evacuations in Canada

July 6th, 2013 Top News

The entire town of Lac-Megantic in Quebec, Canada, was evacuated after a freight train carrying crude oil derailed and caught fire, officials told ABC News.

The 80-car-long freight train exploded at approximately 1 a.m. Saturday morning, filling the sky with thick, black smoke.

Dispatcher Stan Wheeler with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office in Maine told ABC News Radio that more than 30 firefighters responded to the massive fire.

Radio-Canada reported the train was en route to Maine. It is unclear how the train derailed, or if there are any victims at this time.

Resident Anne-Julie Hallee witnessed the explosion.

“This sky was red, yellow. It was like, it was like the end of the world,” she said.

ABC News Radio contributed to this report.