Investigation continues into Canadian train derailment as some evacuees return home

A police officer walks among axle gear in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, on July 9. Transport Canada said on Tuesday the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway train that derailed on the weekend in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, leaving 50 people dead or missing, had been inspected the day prior to the accident and no defects were found. Mathieu Belanger / Reuters
Evacuees Alexys Jacques, left, and his mother Lyne Boulanger leave an evacuation center to head back home after the evacuation order was reduced to a smaller perimeter, in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, on July 9. Ryan Remiorz / The Canadian Press via AP

By M. Alex Johnson, Staff Writer, NBC News

Two more bodies were found Tuesday, raising the death toll to 15 after the runaway train carrying crude oil slipped from its moorings early Saturday, speeded almost 7 miles down a steep grade, derailed and exploded in the town of Lac-Mégantic.

About three dozen other people remained unaccounted for.

The fire was finally declared under control Tuesday, and about 1,200 residents of two neighborhoods were being allowed to return home.

The remaining 800 or so were still prohibited from returning home because they live in or near the center of town, the area hardest hit by the explosions, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported

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Investigators dig through the rubble for victims of Saturday's fiery oil train derailment in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, on July 9. Jacques Boissinot / The Canadian Press via AP