Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway Ltd., the company that owned the crude-carrying train that exploded in a Quebec town killing five people, said the derailment may have been caused by the release of the train’s air brakes.
Investigators say they’ve recovered the “black box” that should help determine what happened before a Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway Ltd. train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded in a Quebec town, killing at least five people.
As the death toll from a train that exploded in Lac-Megantic, Quebec more than doubled to 13, residents faced an agonizing wait to identify the remains of their loved ones amid growing controversy over the cause of the disaster.
The investigation into the rail explosion that killed 15 in Quebec accelerated as police said a possible criminal act or negligence may be involved and firefighters rejected a railroad executive’s suggestion that they may have inadvertently caused the disaster.
Thomas Mulcair, deputy leader of Canada’s opposition New Democratic Party, said Finance Minister Jim Flaherty should support efforts by some of his Group of Seven peers to tax the financial system, particularly the idea of a levy on financial transactions.