Lac-Megantic, Quebec (CNN/WSYR-TV) - At least five people were killed and "many more" deaths are expected to be reported in a small Canadian town devastated by an exploding runaway train, local police said.
Around 40 people are listed as missing in the tiny lakeside town of Lac-Megantic, Quebec, local police spokesman Lt. Michel Brunet said in a press conference.
Officials say the train's engineer stopped it for a crew change and checked into a hotel. About an hour later, the train rolled downhill, derailed and exploded into flames.
Authorities evacuated more than a third of the town of 6,000 people, most from the center of the town and a home for the elderly.
Firefighters from the United States are helping to fight the blaze. Five trucks deployed from Franklin County, Maine.
For information on missing people, call 1-800-659-4264.