Canada train derailment from above

Published 10:02 AM ET, Thu July 11, 2013
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An aerial photo from the Quebec Provincial Police shows the aftermath of a train derailment explosion in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, on Saturday, July 6. Quebec provincial authorities have found 20 bodies, and 30 more are missing and "most probably dead." Surete du Quebec
Most of the 73-car train derailed in the center of Lac-Megantic, setting off a huge fireball that burned for 36 hours. John Nowak/CNN
The train explosion wiped out dozens of buildings in downtown Lac-Megantic.
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Firefighting vehicles from the United States helped Canadian authorities battle the blaze in Lac-Megantic, a town of about 6,000 people 130 miles east of Montreal. Quebec Provincial Police
Following the disaster, thick fuel spilled into the nearby Chaudiere River. Quebec Provincial Police
Some 2,000 people were forced to flee their homes immediately after the derailment and explosion. Quebec Provincial Police
A "war zone" is how Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper described the scene after viewing the destruction. Quebec Provincial Police
Authorities have said those still missing may have been vaporized by the resulting inferno. Quebec Provincial Police
An engineer faces a criminal investigation by Canadian authorities, according to the head of the railway whose runaway train devastated Lac-Megantic.
Quebec Provincial Police
Investigators have asked fire crews to stop spraying down the wreckage to preserve as much of the remaining evidence as possible. Quebec Provincial Police