Railway employees charged in oil train explosion

05/13/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Quebec – Authorities have charged three railway employees in connection with a runaway oil train explosion that occurred last year in Quebec. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the men were arraigned and released on bail Tuesday after being charged with criminal negligence.

A reported 47 people were killed in the explosion on July 6, 2013, after over 60 tankers came loose and derailed in the town of Lac-Megantic in eastern Quebec. Approximately 30 buildings were also leveled. The accident is stated to be the worst railway crash in Canada in well over a century.

Engineer Thomas Harding, manager of train operations Jean Demaitre, and Richard Labrie, the railway’s traffic controller were charged with 47 counts of criminal negligence. They are set to appear again in court in September.

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