YORK The death toll from the fiery explosion after a
runaway train carrying crude oil derailed in
Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, now stands at 33, with 17 people
still missing, according to a local police
The train was stopped
and "tied down" by an engineer from Montreal, Maine &
Atlantic Railway Inc. (MMA) about seven miles from
Lac-Mégantic before it rolled downhill into the town,
about 150 miles east of Montreal (
amm.com, July 8)
World Inc., parent company of MMA, could not be reached for
comment, although chairman Edward Burkhardt said during a press
conference in Lac-Mégantic that the trains
engineer may be at fault for the crash.
practices such as leaving trains unmanned on overnight stops
might come to an end as a result of the disaster, Burkhardt
suggested. "We were following industry practice. Was industry
practice adequate? I think not."
defended their safety record following the Lac-Mégantic
accident, which raised concerns about the growing transport of
crude oil via rail (
amm.com, July 8).
such as TransCanada Corp., which is seeking approval of its
proposed Keystone XL pipeline, have said in the past that
carrying crude via train is less safe than by pipeline (
amm.com, March 18).