Deadly accidents in Canada in the last 150 years

Deadly accidents in Canada in the last 150 years

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Firefighters inspect the wreckage on July 7, 2013 of a freight train loaded with oil that derailed July 6 in Lac-Megantic in Canada's Quebec province, sparking explosions that engulfed about 30 buildings in a wall of fire. Now scores of people -- perhaps as many as 80 -- are missing. Rescuers cautiously entered the charred debris Sunday, more than 24 hours after the spectacular crash that saw flames shoot into the sky and burn into the night. The accident and resulting huge fireball forced 2,000 people from their homes. Witnesses reported up to six explosions after the train derailed at about 1:20 am (0520 GMT Saturday) in Lac-Megantic. Officially, as of late Saturday, only one person was killed and one wounded. AFP PHOTO / Fran�ois Laplante-Delagrave (Photo credit should read Fran�ois Laplante-Delagrave/AFP/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on July 11, 2013 at 8:05 PM

LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec (AP) — Police say 50 people are presumed dead following Saturday's fiery oil train crash that incinerated the downtown area of Lac-Megantic, Quebec, making it Canada's worst railway crash in nearly 150 years. Here is a list of some past accidents in Canada — including air crashes, shipwrecks, mining disasters and derailments — with high death tolls.

— 1864 - St-Hilaire train disaster, Richelieu River, Beloeil, Quebec: 99 deaths.

— 1907 - Quebec bridge collapse: 76 deaths.

— 1910 - Spanish River derailment, Northern Ontario: 44 deaths.

— 1914 - SS Southern Cross shipwreck off Newfoundland: 174 deaths.

— 1914 - Hillcrest mine disaster, Hillcrest, Alberta: 189 deaths.

—1914 - Empress of Ireland shipwreck in the St. Lawrence River: 1,012 deaths.

— 1917 - Explosion of munitions ship in Halifax, Nova Scotia: 2,000 estimated deaths, 1,950 recorded names.

— 1918 - SS Florizel shipwreck, Cappahayden, Newfoundland: 173 deaths.

— 1927 - Laurier Palace Theatre Fire, Montreal: 77 deaths.

— 1947 - Dugald train disaster, Dugald, Manitoba: 31 deaths.

— 1958 - Springhill mining disaster, Springhill, Nova Scotia: 74 deaths.

— 1963 - Trans-Canada Air Lines Flight 831 from Montreal to Toronto air crash: 118 deaths.

— 1970 - Air Canada Flight 621, near Toronto: 109 deaths.

— 1982 - Ocean Ranger oil platform sinking, off Newfoundland coast: 84 deaths.

— 1985 - Crash of Arrow Air flight in Gander, Newfoundland: 256 deaths.

— 1986 - Hinton train collision, Hinton, Alberta: 23 deaths.

— 1992 - Westray mine explosion, Plymouth, Nova Scotia: 26 deaths.

__ 1997 - Thanksgiving Day bus crash near Les Eboulements in Quebec's Charlevoix region: 44 deaths.

— 1998 - Crash of Swissair Flight 111 into Atlantic Ocean off Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia: 229 deaths.

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