The heart of a small town in Quebec is now a scorched disaster zone after a runaway freight train carrying 73 cars of crude oil derailed and exploded there, bursting into flames.
Twenty people are confirmed dead, with 30 still missing and presumed killed in the inferno.
The death toll continues to rise in the aftermath of that deadly train explosion in Lac Megantic, where angry residents are demanding answers.
CNN’s Anna Coren has their story.
“Police say they've found evidence of tampering on the locomotive and have launched a criminal investigation,” Coren reports.
“Separately, the engineer has been suspended without pay over whether or not enough brakes were engaged on the train. But that didn't stop local residents from directing their anger at the train company as this mourning township demands answers.”
“It's a bomb that is on the railroad," local resident Patrice Laframbuise says. “Why is it normal that this is acceptable?”
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.