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Quebec Train Tragedy: 20 Confirmed Dead, 30 More Presumed Dead

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The aftermath of the train explosion that rocked a small town in Quebec, Canada. (Photo via Twitter, @nycjim)

Canadian police have reduced the number of people unaccounted for in the Lac-Megantic, Quebec, train explosion to 50, down from 60. But the number of confirmed deaths has increased to 20, according to Reuters.

Meanwhile, police alerted families of the 30 remaining missing that the victims are presumed dead.

The explosion happened around 1:15 a.m. on July 6. Left unattended, the train ran away and derailed, consequently igniting multiple crude oil-carrying tank cars. It is believed that many of the missing victims were vaporized when the tanks exploded and destroyed a large section of the town’s downtown center.

CBS News has footage of the fiery aftermath of the accident. View the video below:Here’s another shocking video:

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