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Engineer missing after landslide derails train in Quebec

Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Thursday, November 6, 2014, 4:33 PM - An engineer is missing after a landslide derailed a train about 20 km north of Sept-Îles, Que.

Early reports suggest the landslide forced the train off the tracks, which run parallel to the Moisie River.

The Iron Ore Company of Canada has confirmed the locomotive was found in the river, adding that company's "first priority" is finding the missing man.

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According to the CBC, the engineer was the only person on board the train.

Quebec officials are also looking into reports the train spilled diesel into the river when it derailed just before 7:30 a.m.

Crews are investigating, but the remote location of the area has made it difficult for authorities to reach the accident scene.

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