Negligence Charges Filed Over Fatal Quebec Train Crash

By Dan Ivers (May 13, 2014, 2:40 PM EDT) -- Three employees of bankrupt rail company Montreal Maine and Atlantic Railroad Ltd. were scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday to face charges of criminal negligence related to the devastating derailment of a train carrying oil that killed 47 people in Quebec in July, according to authorities.

The provincial prosecutor's office for the province of Quebec announced that engineer Thomas Harding, railway traffic controller Richard Labrie, train operations manager Jean Demaitre and the company itself had all been charged with 47 counts of criminal negligence — one for each life lost when oil tankers slammed into the small town of Lac-Megantic....

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