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The remains of a burnt train are seen in Lac Megantic, July 8, 2013. A driverless, runaway fuel train that exploded in a deadly ball of flames in the center of a small Quebec town started rumbling down an empty track just minutes after a fire crew had extinguished a blaze in one of its parked locomotives, an eyewitness said on Monday. REUTERS/Mathieu Belanger

'Oil by rail' is involved in Canadian derailment tragedy, also moving over Minn. railroad lines

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By Scott Haggett, Dave Sherwood and Cezary Podkul

Reuters

The deadly train derailment in Quebec this weekend is set to bring intense scrutiny to the dramatic growth in North America of shipping crude oil by rail, a century-old practice unexpectedly revived by the surge in shale oil production.

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