60 missing in Canada rail disaster

LAC-MEGANTIC (AP) — Police say the number of missing in the fiery oil train derailment that demolished a large part of a Quebec town has risen to 60.

Quebec police inspector Michel Forget said Wednesday that the latest numbers reflect missing person reports from various sources and that the number is still in flux. Previously, police said some 50 people were reported missing.

Rescuers have recovered 15 bodies from the wreckage so far, but they are so badly burnt that authorities have not been able to identify them.

Safety concerns at the disaster’s epicenter continue to hinder recovery efforts, officials said.

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178-a-09-(Inspector Michel Forget (mee-SHEHL’ fohr-ZHAY’), Quebec Provincial Police, at news conference)-”us as missing”-Quebec Provincial Police Inspector Michel Forget says more people are unaccounted for than had been reported earlier. COURTESY: CTV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (10 Jul 2013)

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179-a-12-(Inspector Michel Forget (mee-SHEHL’ fohr-ZHAY’), Quebec Provincial Police, at news conference)-”that we’ll bring”-Quebec Provincial Police Inspector Michel Forget says it’s up to the Crown Prosecutor’s Office to determine if criminal charges are warranted. COURTESY: CTV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (10 Jul 2013)

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GRAPHICSBANK: Workers sort through wreckage of burned, derailed railway cars that had been carrying crude oil, Lac Megantic, Quebec, Canada, aerial photo on texture, partial graphic (9 Jul 2013)

APPHOTO PCH104: This aerial photo, workers comb through the debris after a train derailed causing explosions of railway cars carrying crude oil Tuesday, July 9, 2013 in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Canada on Tuesday July 9, 2013. At least thirteen people were confirmed dead and nearly 40 others were still missing in a catastrophe that raised questions about the safety of transporting oil by rail instead of pipeline. (AP Photo/ The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson) (9 Jul 2013)

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