8 More Bodies Found in Canada Train Wreck

Up to 50 still missing

By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 8, 2013 4:52 PM CDT

(Newser) – The death toll in the oil train derailment in Quebec has risen to 13, with eight more bodies discovered in the wreckage, the AP reports. Many more are still missing—the AP puts the number at "about 40," but Reuters says the figure has been updated to "around 50." The bodies found earlier are now being examined, but the coroner says it needs DNA from the families of those missing to help identify the victims, the Canadian Press reports. Canadian PM Stephen Harper visited the town of Lac-Megantic yesterday, where the derailment destroyed around 30 buildings. He described it as a "war zone" and pledged that an investigation would get to the bottom of what caused the accident, the BBC reports.

This aerial photo shows a fire in the town of Lac-Megantic as seen from a Sûreté du Québec helicopter Saturday, July 6, 2013 following a train derailment that sparked several explosions in Lac Megantic,...   (Uncredited)
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Damage in the downtown of Lac Megantic, Quebec is seen Sunday, July 7, 2013, the day after a train derailed causing explosions of railway cars carrying crude oil.   (Paul Chiasson)
The downtown core lays in ruins as fire fighters continue to water smoldering rubble Sunday, July 7, 2013 in Lac Megantic, Quebec after a train derailed ignited tanker cars carrying crude oil. More bodies...   (Paul Chiasson)
Canadian Prime Minister Harper, right, surveys the scene Sunday, July 7, 2013, in Lac Megantic, Quebec, as firefighters continue to spray derailed tanker cars. A runaway train derailed Saturday causing...   (Paul Chiasson)
Searchers dig through the rubble for victims of the inferno in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Monday, July 8, 2013. A runaway train derailed early Saturday igniting tanker cars carrying crude oil.   (Ryan Remiorz)
Smoke rises from railway cars that were carrying crude oil after derailing in downtown Lac Megantic, Quebec, Canada, Saturday, July 6, 2013. The derailment sparked several explosions and forced the evacuation...   (Paul Chiasson)
Smoke rises from railway cars that were carrying crude oil after derailing in downtown Lac Megantic, Quebec, Canada, Saturday, July 6, 2013. The derailment sparked several explosions and forced the evacuation...   (Paul Chiasson)
Smoke rises from railway cars that were carrying crude oil after derailing in downtown Lac Megantic, Quebec, Canada, Saturday, July 6, 2013. A large swath of Lac Megantic was destroyed Saturday after...   (Paul Chiasson)
Smoke rises from railway cars that were carrying crude oil after derailing in downtown Lac Megantic, Quebec, Canada, Saturday, July 6, 2013. A large swath of Lac Megantic was destroyed Saturday after...   (Paul Chiasson)
Smoke rises from railway cars that were carrying crude oil after derailing in downtown Lac Megantic, Quebec, Canada, Saturday, July 6, 2013. A large swath of Lac Megantic was destroyed Saturday after...   (Paul Chiasson)
Workers inspect a railway car that was part of a convoy of railway cars carrying crude oil that derailed Saturday causing explosions Sunday, July 7, 2013 in Lac Megantic, Quebec. Two more bodies were...   (Paul Chiasson)
The downtown core lays in ruins as fire fighters continue to water smoldering rubble Sunday, July 7, 2013, in Lac Megantic, Quebec, after a train derailed ignited tanker cars carrying crude oil. The...   (Ryan Remiorz)
The downtown core lays in ruins as fire fighters continue to water smoldering rubble Sunday, July 7, 2013 in Lac Megantic, Quebec. A runaway train derailed Saturday igniting tanker cars carrying crude...   (Ryan Remiorz)
A police officer watches as smoke rises from railway cars that were carrying crude oil after derailing in downtown Lac Megantic, Que., Saturday, July 6, 2013. A large swath of Lac Megantic was destroyed...   (Paul Chiasson)
Smoke rises from railway cars that were carrying crude oil after derailing in downtown Lac Megantic, Quebec, Canada.   (Paul Chiasson)
Smoke rises from railway cars that were carrying crude oil after derailing in downtown Lac Megantic, Quebec, Canada, Saturday, July 6, 2013. A large swath of Lac Megantic was destroyed Saturday after...   (Paul Chiasson)
Bernard Theberge talks about how he escaped from a patio in downtown Lac Megantic, Quebec, when a train derailed sending explosions of railway cars that were carrying crude oil, Saturday, July 6, 2013....   (Paul Chiasson)
Residents wait outside an emergency center for news of family and friends following a train derailment in downtown Lac Megantic, Quebec, that caused explosions of railway cars carrying crude oil on Saturday,...   (Paul Chiasson)
A fire keeps burns after railway cars that were carrying crude oil derailed in downtown Lac Megantic, Quebec, Saturday, July 6, 2013.   (Paul Chiasson)
Burnt buildings are seen following a train derailment causing explosions of railway cars carrying crude oil Sunday, July 7, 2013 in Lac Megantic, Quebec. Two more bodies were discovered overnight after...   (Paul Chiasson)
Fire fighters continue to water smoldering rubble Sunday, July 7, 2013 in Lac Megantic, Quebec. A runaway train derailed Saturday igniting tanker cars carrying crude oil.   (Ryan Remiorz)
Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, residents board a bus to tour the evacuated area on Monday July 8, 2013. About 40 people are still missing and the official death toll remains unchanged at five after the weekend...   (Ryan Remiorz)
A volunteer escorts an evacuee to pick up supplies from her home near the blast site Monday, July 8, 2013, in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. A runaway train derailed Saturday in Lac-Megantic, igniting tanker cars...   (Ryan Remiorz)
Searchers dig through the rubble for victims of the inferno in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Monday, July 8, 2013, as firefighter continue to hose down tanker cars to prevent explosions. A runaway train derailed...   (Ryan Remiorz)
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