Brakes key in investigation of train explosion in Lac-Megantic – CNN.com


Burned tanker cars are scattered on the tracks in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, on Monday, July 8. On Saturday, July 6, the train, pulling tankers of crude oil, rolled into the town unattended from 7 miles away, derailed and exploded.

Lac-Megantic, Quebec CNN — It keeps coming back to the brakes of that driverless train.Questions abound regarding the train explosion that wiped out a swath of Lac-Megantics downtown, killing 13 people. Investigators want to know if the trains brakes were disabled before it barreled at a dangerous speed into the Quebec town, derailed and burst into a deadly inferno.Firefighters in the nearby town of Nantes put out a separate blaze on the train shortly before it crashed into Lac-Megantic early Saturday. Ed Burkhardt, chief executive officer and president of Rail World, the parent company of the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway, told media outlets theres evidence the engine powering the brakes was shut down at some point.Pressed to elaborate by CTV, Burkhardt wrote Tuesday in an e-mail exchange, “We are now aware the firefighters shut down the locomotive. By the time Montreal, Maine & Atlantic people found out, it was too late.”In earlier comments to the Montreal Gazette, he said the matter needs further investigation, and his company has begun an internal inquiry.

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