Thursday, 25 July 2013

Coroner’s office continues search for bodies in Lac-Mégantic

Although it has been almost a week since search-and-rescue teams have found any human remains amid the rubble in Lac-Mégantic, the coroner’s office is not ready to call off the search for the five bodies still missing.

“We don’t have a date when the work will stop, we are still confident that we will find them,” said Geneviève Guilbeault, a spokesperson for the Quebec coroner’s office.

Despite the optimism, the coroner’s office has raised the possibility that other remains may not be found.

“We have to be realistic,” she said.

The coroner identified another body Wednesday, bringing the number of people who have been identified to 29.

In total, 47 people are believed to have died in Lac-Mégantic, when a runaway train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded in the town centre.

The remains of 42 people have been found by rescuers who have been sifting through the debris on their hands and knees for several days now.

The coroner’s office is holding regular meetings with the families of those still missing, Guilbeault said.

Thursday 25 July 2013


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