Investigations Begin On Fiery Quebec Train Blast Reviewed by Momizat on . Investigators continued a round-the-clock search of the fenced-off "red zone" for more bodies and clues to the cause of a fiery blast on Friday (July 12) after Investigators continued a round-the-clock search of the fenced-off "red zone" for more bodies and clues to the cause of a fiery blast on Friday (July 12) after Rating: 0
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Investigations Begin On Fiery Quebec Train Blast

Investigators continued a round-the-clock search of the fenced-off “red zone” for more bodies and clues to the cause of a fiery blast on Friday (July 12) after a train derailed in a small Quebec town last week.

The center of Lac-Megantic, which is near the Maine border in Quebec’s bucolic Eastern Townships, now resembles a blackened war zone after a train pulling 72 cars of crude oil jumped the track and exploded into flames on Saturday (July 6) in what seems to be the worst rail accident in North America in 24 years.

The authorities have recovered 24 bodies so far, and another 26 are presumed dead. Emergency crews are also mopping up an oil spill that covers much of the Chaudiere River, a biodiverse waterway that drains into the huge St. Lawrence River linking the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean.

Meanwhile, shell-shocked residents of Lac-Megantic took small steps on a long path back to normalcy on Friday as they returned to homes and businesses located just a short walk from the site of the train wreck. All but 200 of the 2,000 or so people initially evacuated have been allowed to go home.

Federal investigators have said they are focusing their probe on whether the train’s operator – Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway (MMA)- followed proper safety rules. Police said they have not yet ruled out a crime, possibly criminal negligence.

The oil tanker train that crashed in Lac-Megantic was part of a tide of expanding rail shipments of crude oil throughout North America as oil output soars in Canada and North Dakota and pipelines run out of space.

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