John’s Believe It Or Not… July 6th

* 2013 – Unattended 74-car oil train derails at 100 kmh in Lac-Mégantic and explodes – killing 47 people. * 1957 Althea Gibson is first African American to win Wimbledon * 1942 Frank family takes refuge * 1971 Satchmo dies * 1957 John meets Paul for the first time

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* 2013 – Unattended 74-car oil train derails at 100 kmh in Lac-Mégantic and explodes – killing 47 people.

The Lac-Mégantic rail disaster occurred in the town of Lac-Mégantic, in the Eastern Townships region of Quebec, Canada, at approximately 01:15 EDT,[ on July 6, 2013, when an unattended 74-car freight train carrying Bakken Formation crude oil rolled down a 1.2% grade from Nantes and derailed downtown, resulting in the fire and explosion of multiple tank cars. Forty-two people were confirmed dead, with five more missing and presumed dead. More than 30 buildings in the town’s centre, roughly half of the downtown area, were destroyed, and all but three of the thirty-nine remaining downtown buildings had to be demolished due to petroleum contamination of the townsite. Initial newspaper reports described a 1-kilometre (0.6 mi) blast radius. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… July 6th”

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