Deadly accidents in Canada in the last 150 years

LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec (AP) — Police say 50 people are presumed dead following Saturday’s fiery oil train crash that incinerated the downtown area of Lac-Megantic, Quebec, making it Canada’s worst railway crash in nearly 150 years. Here is a list of some past accidents in Canada — including air crashes, shipwrecks, mining disasters and derailments — with high death tolls.

— 1864 – St-Hilaire train disaster, Richelieu River, Beloeil, Quebec: 99 deaths.

— 1907 – Quebec bridge collapse: 76 deaths.

— 1910 – Spanish River derailment, Northern Ontario: 44 deaths.

— 1914 – SS Southern Cross shipwreck off Newfoundland: 174 deaths.

— 1914 – Hillcrest mine disaster, Hillcrest, Alberta: 189 deaths.

—1914 – Empress of Ireland shipwreck in the St. Lawrence River: 1,012 deaths.

— 1917 – Explosion of munitions ship in Halifax, Nova Scotia: 2,000 estimated deaths, 1,950 recorded names.

— 1918 – SS Florizel shipwreck, Cappahayden, Newfoundland: 173 deaths.

— 1927 – Laurier Palace Theatre Fire, Montreal: 77 deaths.

— 1947 – Dugald train disaster, Dugald, Manitoba: 31 deaths.

— 1958 – Springhill mining disaster, Springhill, Nova Scotia: 74 deaths.

— 1963 – Trans-Canada Air Lines Flight 831 from Montreal to Toronto air crash: 118 deaths.

— 1970 – Air Canada Flight 621, near Toronto: 109 deaths.

— 1982 – Ocean Ranger oil platform sinking, off Newfoundland coast: 84 deaths.

— 1985 – Crash of Arrow Air flight in Gander, Newfoundland: 256 deaths.

— 1986 – Hinton train collision, Hinton, Alberta: 23 deaths.

— 1992 – Westray mine explosion, Plymouth, Nova Scotia: 26 deaths.

__ 1997 – Thanksgiving Day bus crash near Les Eboulements in Quebec’s Charlevoix region: 44 deaths.

— 1998 – Crash of Swissair Flight 111 into Atlantic Ocean off Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia: 229 deaths.

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