The accident happened about 1 a.m. Quebec time. The train consisted of 80 cars. The air was rapidly filled with thick, acrid smoke.
Dispatcher Stan Wheeler with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office in Maine said that 30 firefighters were immediately sent to the scene. Radio-Canada reported the train was en route to Maine. It is unclear how the train derailed, or if there are any victims at this time.
More: 1,000 people removed from homes in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, due to derailed train; firefighters from US called in to help control the blaze.
A number of derailed train’s 73 cars exploded, causing a fire that spread to several of buildings in Lac-Megantic, Quebec.
Update: Downtown Lac-Megantic, Quebec, in flames after derailment; mayor says city center destroyed.
Alfred James reporting