Canada rail disaster death toll hits 35

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ACCIDENT ZONE. A handout photograph provided by the Surete du Quebec, or Quebec Provincial Police (SQ) on 09 July 2013 shows a view of a derailed crude oil tankers taken from outside the exclusion zone in the town of Lac Megantic, Quebec, Canada, 7 July 2013. EPA/SQ

The death toll from the train disaster in Canada hits 35, after 2 more bodies are found Sunday in downtown Lac-Megantic. On July 6, a train with 72 tanker cars loaded with crude oil derailed in the Quebec town near the Canada-US border, triggering a massive fire in the town center. 50 are presumed dead. Two damaged and unstable buildings in the disaster zone are demolished Sunday afternoon to allow authorities safer access to the area as the search for corpses continues. The railway’s chairman says the disaster appears to have been caused by an engineer’s failure to properly set the hand brake on the runaway.

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