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Canada's Worst Accidents Include 1917 Explosion That Killed 2,000

07/08/2013 12:27 EDT | Updated 09/07/2013 05:12 EDT
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The toll of the weekend rail disaster that devastated much of Lac-Megantic, Que., stood at 13 dead and nearly 40 missing as of Monday evening. Here is a list of some past accidents _ including air crashes, shipwrecks, mining disasters and derailments _ with a high cost in lives:

_ 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, Alta.: 189 deaths.

_1914 - Empress of Ireland shipwreck in the St Lawrence River: 1,012 deaths.

_ 1917 - Explosion of munitions ship in Halifax, N.S.: 2,000 estimated deaths, 1,950 recorded names.

_ 1918 - SS Florizel shipwreck, Cappahayden, NL: 173 deaths.

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

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

_ 1958 - Springhill mining disaster, Springhill, N.S.: 74 deaths.

_ 1963 - Trans-Canada Air Lines Flight 831 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, NL.: 256 deaths.

_ 1986 - Hinton train collision, Hinton, Alta: 23 deaths.

_ 1992 - Westray mine explosion, Plymouth, N.S.: 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, N.S., N.S.: 229 deaths.

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