Canada police: Criminal investigation opened into deadly oil train derailment; death toll 15

  • Article by: SEAN FARRELL , Associated Press
  • Updated: July 9, 2013 - 8:25 PM

LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec — Canadian authorities said they have opened a criminal investigation into the fiery wreck of a runaway oil train in this small town as the death toll climbed to 15, with dozens more bodies feared buried in the burned-out ruins.

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lakneeJul. 9, 1311:41 AM

ARRey sez: A runaway train of oil tankers afire coming downhill toward you at 63 mph... yes, that would be scary!

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sooofedupJul. 9, 1312:20 PM

There's a whole lot of "thinking" going on here. Doesn't anyone working for the railroad know how brakes work? Doesn't shutting the engine off disable the brakes? Seems like an easy answer for anyone who operates the train. A fire an hour before, and they "think" it may be a cause. My uneducated guess is it's 99% likely. And no where did I see mention in the article that the train was on fire after except by a witness who saw the "fiery train" moving fast. If they put the fire out at 1:00 am and it rolled into the next town 14 minutes later, how did they have time to evacuate all those people?

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concernedduhJul. 9, 13 1:32 PM

Pipelines are safer than trains and trucks, but green eco-terrorists, unions and Warren Buffet type railroad investors, continue to fight pipelines and force oil into trucks and trains.

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NoMasBSJul. 9, 13 2:21 PM

Drill baby drill right? I mean what's the problem with a few dead people, a little destruction and well a little contaminated water source? Not a Big deal right?

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TabarnooshJul. 9, 13 2:52 PM

Could not agree more concernedduh. I'm a Minnesotan living in Quebec. The current provincial prime minister is a Quebec separatist leftist who is in elbow deep with the incredibly powerful and corrupt Quebec unions. She has been opposing pipelines ever since she got in office. And no wonder since the oil transport trains through Quebec have skyrocketed in the last couple years. There's no pipeline union filling her pocket with bribes and kickbacks like the other unions.

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davehougJul. 9, 13 7:44 PM

Train brakes need air pressure. Air pressure is stored on each freight car in an air tank. IF and I say IF that stored pressure leaks away then the mechanical brakes (hand-brakes) are needed to hold a train. Once the train starts to roll, it may be not even noticed by the railway depending on the signal setup for that particular track.

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