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By the numbers: Lac-Megantic rail disaster

Wrecked oil tankers and debris from a runaway train in Lac-Megantic, Que. are pictured July 8, 2013.
Wrecked oil tankers and debris from a runaway train in Lac-Megantic, Que. are pictured July 8, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ho, SQ

Some facts and figures from that fatal day on July 6, 2013, when a train loaded with crude oil caused one of the worse rail disasters in North America, destroying the town centre of Lac-Megantic, Que.

12:58 a.m. ET

The time when an unattended tanker train started rolling downhill from the village of Nantes toward Lac-Megantic.

11.6

The distance in kilometres that the train travelled from Nantes to Lac-Megantic, according to the Transportation Safety Board (TSB).

A railcar rests on a track in the town of Lac Megantic, Que.
A railcar rests on a track in the town of Lac Megantic, Que.A railcar rests on a track in the town of Lac Megantic, Que. Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press

104.6

The speed in km/hr the uncontrolled train was travelling before impact, according to the TSB.

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1:15 a.m. ET

The time when the runaway train crashed into Lac-Megantic and set off the first explosion.

Firefighters douse blazes after a freight train loaded with oil derailed in Lac-Megantic in Canada's Quebec province on July 6, 2013
Firefighters douse blazes after a freight train loaded with oil derailed in Lac-Megantic in Canada’s Quebec province on July 6, 2013. François Laplante-Delagrave/AFP/Getty Images

72

The number of oil-filled tanker cars on the ill-fated train.

63

The number of oil-filled tanker cars that derailed, according to the TSB.

A wrecked train smoulders on Sunday, July 7, 2013 in Lac-Megantic, Que. Handout

60

The number of derailed tanker cars that released crude oil into the environment, according to the TSB.

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5.98 million

The number of litres of volatile crude oil estimated to have been released into the soil, water and air.

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Environment workers lay booms on the Chaudiere River near Lac-Megantic, Que., to contain the crude oil spill following a train derailment and explosion, Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press

5,932

The number of people who lived in Lac-Megantic in 2011, according to the census.

47

The number of people killed in the catastrophe.

There are 47 trees set up in front of the church in Lac Megantic -- one for each of the victims killing in the train derailment. Mike Armstrong/Global News
There are 47 trees set up in front of the church in Lac Megantic -- one for each of the victims killing in the train derailment. Mike Armstrong/Global News
There are 47 trees set up in front of the church in Lac Megantic -- one for each of the victims killing in the train derailment. Mike Armstrong/Global News
There are 47 trees set up in front of the church in Lac Megantic -- one for each of the victims killing in the train derailment. Mike Armstrong/Global News
There are 47 trees set up in front of the church in Lac Megantic -- one for each of the victims killing in the train derailment. Mike Armstrong/Global News
There are 47 trees set up in front of the church in Lac Megantic -- one for each of the victims killing in the train derailment. Mike Armstrong/Global News
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There are 47 trees set up in front of the church in Lac Megantic -- one for each of the victims killing in the train derailment. Mike Armstrong/Global News
There are 47 trees set up in front of the church in Lac Megantic -- one for each of the victims killing in the train derailment. Mike Armstrong/Global News
There are 47 trees set up in front of the church in Lac Megantic -- one for each of the victims killing in the train derailment. Mike Armstrong/Global News
There are 47 trees set up in front of the church in Lac Megantic -- one for each of the victims killing in the train derailment. Mike Armstrong/Global News
Geneviève Breton, who was in the Musi-Cafe bar in Lac-Megantic July 6, and hasn't been seen since the train explosion that's left 50 presumed dead. Courtesy Breton family

3

The number of people each facing 47 charges of criminal negligence causing death (railway employees Thomas Harding, Richard Labrie and Jean Demaitre).

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1

The number of companies facing 47 charges of criminal negligence causing death (the insolvent Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway Ltd.).

A logo for Montreal Maine and Atlantic railway is shown on a MMA locomotive engine outside their offices in the town of Farnham, Que.
A logo for Montreal Maine and Atlantic railway is shown on a MMA locomotive engine outside their offices in the town of Farnham, Que. Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press