Remains of 33 victims recovered; 17 missing a week after fiery derailmentAP , Associated Press
Jul. 13, 2013 9:01 PM ET
LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec (AP) — Canadian authorities say the remains of 33 people have now been recovered in the small Quebec town devastated by a fiery train derailment. Seventeen others are missing and presumed dead.
It was a week ago today that a locomotive and 72 tankers carrying shale oil slammed into downtown Lac-Megantic (lak-MAH'-gan-tihk) after rolling down a slope and gathering speed. The crash and ensuing explosions destroyed homes, businesses and a bar filled with people.
The unattended Montreal, Maine and Atlantic train had been parked overnight a few miles away.
Earlier today the town's church bells tolled 50 times in memory of those who died.
148-r-34-(Sound of church bells tolling, in memorial for train crash victims)--Sound of church bells tolling in memorial for train crash victims. COURTESY: CTV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (13 Jul 2013)