| July 25
July 25 Police raided the Canadian offices of
Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway on Thursday as part of their
investigation into a train crash earlier this month that
destroyed the center of the small town of Lac-Megantic, Quebec,
and killed 47 people.
"We are executing a search warrant," Sergeant Benoit Richard
of the provincial police, Sûréte du Québec, told Reuters. "We
are searching the offices now."
Richard said officers were combing through the railway's
office in Farnham, Quebec, about 65 kms (40 miles) east of
Montreal, in search of evidence that could help with their
investigation into the July 6 tragedy.
Montreal Maine & Atlantic (MMA), a unit of Chicago-based
Rail World Inc, operated the train that crashed into
The train, which was hauling 72 tanker cars full of crude
oil, and was operated by a single engineer, had been parked for
the night on a main line uphill from the lakeside town. After
the engineer left, it started rolling downhill, derailed in the
center of Lac-Megantic and exploded into a wall of fire.
MMA Chairman Ed Burkhardt was not immediately available for
comment on Thursday. In the days after the crash, he publicly
questioned whether the engineer had set enough brakes to hold
the train in place before he left for the night.
Investigators are still searching the center of Lac-Megantic
for clues on the cause of crash. They have said the train's hand
brakes are one focus of their probe.
(Reporting by Julie Gordon Editing by Peter Galloway)