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CRASH MAY SNARL RAILS FOR DAYS

A fire that raged for more than 22 hours after two freight trains collided near Montreal was almost out, but rail officials warned Friday that services could be disrupted for up to four days.

The trains, carrying petroleum products and waste, were traveling in opposite directions when they collided at St.-Hyacinthe at about 7 p.m. Thursday, causing several explosions and a major fire.

Two people were missing and feared dead.

"The fire is 95 percent out, and now we are waiting for the site to be cleared," said Pierre LeClerc, spokesman for Canadian National Railway Co., which owns the trains.

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