TORONTO May 12 Canadian authorities have
charged three men as well as Montreal, Maine and Atlantic
Railway Ltd with criminal negligence following last summer's
train derailment in Lac-Megantic, Quebec that killed 47 people.
The public prosecutor's office said in a statement that
Thomas Harding, Jean Demaitre, Richard Labrie and the railway
had all been charged.
"After an analysis of all the evidence, the three
individuals and the company are accused of causing the death of
47 people by criminal negligence," the statement said.
Representatives for the three men and railway could not
immediately be reached for comment.
A Canadian Press report said the three men, who had been
employees of the railway, were placed under arrest late Monday
afternoon and will appear in court in Tuesday in Lac-Megantic.
The disaster occurred after a single engineer parked his
train for the night on a main line uphill from the small town.
The train of oil tankers started rolling and eventually
derailed, exploding into balls of fire and flattening the center
of the town.
The train was operated by U.S.-based Montreal, Maine &
Atlantic, which filed for bankruptcy protection in the wake of
(Reporting by Jeffrey Hodgson; Additional reporting by Louise
Egan in Ottawa; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)