Railway head faces devastated Quebec town

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The head of the company whose runaway oil-tanker train exploded and devastated a Quebec town faced cries of “murderer” from residents on Wednesday, and he said the train’s hand brakes were likely set improperly, causing the calamity.

Police say they expect the death toll to rise to 50, confirming the worst fears of residents who had mostly given up hope that the missing would be found alive. Police earlier had said 60 people were dead or missing…

The disaster happened early on Saturday after a parked Montreal Maine & Atlantic (MMA) train came free on a sloping stretch of rail line and headed downhill, without a driver, toward the lakeside town.

The train, with five locomotives hauling 72 cars of crude oil, derailed on a curve and blew up just after 1 a.m., flattening the center of the town in a series of massive…

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