Train derailed in Lac Megantic, Quebec Canada.

Lac-Mégantic, QC Canada: Train derailed in Lac Megantic, Quebec Canada.

A train carrying crude oil derailed Saturday morning in Lac Megantic, Quebec Canada.

Authorities are saying that the first explosion tore through the town shortly after 1:00am ET.

The derailment caused several tanker rail cars to explode in Downtown Lac Megantic which the area is known for its bars that is often bustling on summer weekend nights.

The fire spread to a number of homes and witnesses are saying that the flames shot up highter than the steeple on a nearby church.

Flames and billowing black smoke could be seen more than 12 hours after the train derailment which had at least 73 railroad cars.

According to the Quebec Provincial Police Lieutenant Michel Brunet, a person had died.

Unknown how many people are still missing.

Local residents scrambling through the streets under the intense heat of towering fireballs and a red glow that illuminated the area.

At least 1,000 people were forced from their homes in the middle of the night in the town which is about 155 miles east of Montreal and about 10 miles west of the Maine border to the United States.

Fire responders from both United States and Canada raced to the fight the large fire and rescue people.

Authorities set up perimeters as firefighters battled to control the fire, and worried residents looked on amid fears that some of their friends and loved ones may have died in their homes.

The cause of the train derailment was not immediately known.

The train is reportedly belongs to Montreal Maine and Atlantic and the company owns more than 500 miles of track serving Maine and Vermont in the United States and Quebec and New Brunswick in Canada.


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