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Engineer from Canadian Train Explosion “Under Police Control”

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Jarod Cassidy4 years ago

Hope seems to be dwindling in Lac-Megantic, Quebec as police begin to warn that the families of 50 unaccounted-for residents should prepare for the worst in the wake of a tragic Canadian train accident. The police are reportedly discussing prosecuting the train's engineer.

Details of Lac-Magantic Train Accident

The train initially caught fire in Nantes, seven miles from Lac-Megantic, where firefighters attempted to gain control over the blaze. The train then began to travel down hill until it derailed in Lac-Megantic, causing at least 5 of 72 tanker cars carrying crude oil to explode.

Rescue workers were delayed in their search attempts for hours as firefighters attempted to subdue the flames.  Thus far, of 20 bodies found, only one resident has been identified.

Officials Suspect Engineer Did Not Engage All Brakes

“It was our employee that was responsible for setting the breaks on the train… that employee is now under investigation and is not working.” – Ed Burkhardt, Rail World Inc.

Burkhardt, president of Rail World Inc., stated the engineer had claimed that he set all 11 handbrakes, but added “we think that’s not true.”  It appears that the engineer was following standard operating procedures when he left the train running and unmanned; however, Burkhardt advised that those standards now appear to be inadequate and that there are plans to change these steps in the future.

Aftermath of Lac-Megantic Tanker Car Explosions
  • 20 confirmed dead
  • 30 residents still unaccounted for
  • 30 buildings destroyed
  • Approximately 2,000 residents, about a third of Lac-Megantic’s population, are out of their homes.

The Quebec government has pledged $60 million in aid to Lac-Megantic and its residents for help with housing, food, and emergency aid.  Residents fear this aid (approximately $1000 going to each resident affected) will be inconsequential in the wake of lost jobs and wages.

The incident has only heightened existing concerns of recent increases in the number of trains transporting crude oil.

Contact an Experienced Train Accident Attorney

Because of the serious nature of train accidents, quick action is imperative. Our lawyers understand that the immediate acquisition, or acquiring, of evidence is paramount to understanding how the accident occurred. Remember, your choice does matter.

At Thomas J. Henry, we have the experience and resources to handle your case. If you have been the victim of a serious injury from a train crash, contact our offices. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends.


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