50 dead in Canada rail disaster

Canadian police have say they have recovered 20 bodies from the Quebec train disaster, and that the 30 people who remain missing are now all presumed dead.

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Queen sends message of support to Canada blaze town

The Queen has sent a message of support to the people of Canada following an oil train derailment and blaze that killed at least 13 people and wiped out the centre of a small town in Quebec.

Authorities are searching for remains in the wreckage of the crash almost three days after the disaster in the town of Lac-Megantic.

A total of 50 people are still missing, including the 13 unidentified victims, and the death toll is expected to rise.

The fire from the train explosion seen in Lac Megantic, Quebec. Credit: REUTERS/Stringer

The Queen said in her message: "It was with profound sadness that I learned of the tragic events that have befallen the town of Lac-Megantic.

"The loss of life and livelihoods has shocked us all. Prince Philip joins me in hoping that in time it will be possible to rebuild both the property and the lives of those who have been affected. My thoughts and prayers are with you all".

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