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July 10th, 2013
06:27 AM ET

Deadly train explosion an accident or criminal act? – Paula Newton reports

New details about the deadly train crash and explosion in Lac-Megantic, Quebec is raising new questions this morning.

At least 15 people are now confirmed dead and 35 remain missing after the runaway train loaded with 72 tankers of crude oil derailed and exploded, obliterating the center of the town.

Initially reported as an accident, the crash is now being investigated as a possible criminal act.

CNN’s Paula Newton has details.

“It's clear police want to preserve the heart of what is now a crime scene,” Newton reports. “They've asked firefighters to stop dousing it with water. They have dozens of investigators combing through what little is left.”

Police are revealing little about what evidence they’ve uncovered from the catastrophe, but they are not convinced it was purely an accident.

"Namely there are pieces that lead us to believe that there are certain facts that might lead to criminal acts,” says Captain Michel Forget of the Quebec Provincial Police.

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