Charges in Lac-Mégantic Tragedy

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CBJ – Charges have now been laid in connection with the deadly Lac-Mégantic train derailment where 47 people were killed in the small Quebec town on July 6, 2013.

Transport Canada announced the charges this morning under the Railway Safety Act and the Fisheries Act. .  In a statement released by the federal government, it was concluded that, following an extensive investigation, there were “insufficient number of handbrakes applied to the train and that the handbrakes were not tested properly.”

The statement also cited Environment Canada’s investigation into the depositing of a “deleterious substance into fish-bearing waters with the release of crude oil into the immediate environment of Lac-Mégantic and the Chaudière River.”

It is not yet known who is being charged, but multiple sources say individuals in both Canada and the U.S. are being served.

The train involved in the devastating accident was owned by Montreal Maine & Atlantic, which declared bankruptcy soon afterwards.


Uranium mineJohn Chen