60 missing in Canada rail disaster

Runaway train

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Firefighters continue to douse burning wreckage on July 7, 2013 after a freight train loaded with oil derailed July 6 in Lac-Megantic in Canada's Quebec province, sparking explosions that engulfed about 30 buildings in a wall of fire. (Francois Laplante-Delagrave/AFP/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on July 10, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 10 at 3:18 PM

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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