TODAY   |  July 10, 2013

Criminal probe launched in Quebec train crash

Though terrorism has been ruled out in the train crash that killed at least 15 in Quebec on Saturday morning, officials are examining whether criminal tampering is to blame. NBC’s Tom Costello reports.

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>> i want your take on the train crash up in quebec and they now launched a criminal probe. what can you tell us about that?

>> reporter: they ruled out terrorism but they're not ruling out criminal negligence or the possibility that somebody tampered with this train on saturday morning the crash. this of course happened near the maine border and eastern quebec. it broke loose early saturday and rolled downhill seven miles getting up to 63 miles per hour. 72 of the cars were carrying oil. five of them exploded. 2,000 of the 6,000 residents forced from their homes. they're still trying to stop oil from flowing into the st. lawrence river even as we speak . the heart of the central business district is now a criminal investigation scene. 30 buildings destroyed. the death toll stands at 15 but they believe that 3 dozen more bodies may still be buried in the rubble there so this investigation is not only criminal but it's also a matter of the canadian version of the ntsb.

>>> all right, tom. thank you