Skip to comments.Tampering alleged in fiery Quebec train crash (With video)
Posted on 07/08/2013 7:49:56 PM PDT by BenLurkin
LAC-MÉGANTIC, Que. As the confirmed death toll climbed here Monday, the head of the company whose runaway train was at the centre of this tragedy says he is certain a locomotive was tampered with.
We have evidence of this, said Ed Burkhardt, chairman of The Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway.
But this is an item that needs further investigation. We need to talk to some people we believe have knowledge of this.
The ensuing crash and explosions destroyed a stunning swath of the downtown and are now being blamed for 13 confirmed deaths.
With the number of people missing estimated at 50, that death toll is expected to climb in the coming days.
But according to Rob Smith, National Legislative Director with Teamsters Canada Rail Conference, the possibility of vandals releasing the manual brakes is slim.
Its not as easy as it might seem. You would have to know what youre doing, he said.
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I see a veiled attack on the FD. It’s all legal now. They’re going to go with the theory that the FD did more than what they had explained to the RR. Just my theory. No heros here.
Prime suspect = ELF
Why isn’t law enforcement investigating this, not just the railroad?
Railroad police have primary authority along railways.
Any ongoing union negotiations?
Does Canada have an NTSB type agency to look into this?
I can’t believe a train like this was left unattended if the news reports are correct.
Union workers - ‘nough said.
Did that rascal, George Bush, do this? /s
What’s a “FD?”
As in FDNY
Just wow. If this was sabotage (eco-terrorism?) then they succeed in the most horrific manner. If true, I hope they find whoever is responsible and string them up. Since it’s Canada, they’ll probably get sentenced to 6 weeks of summer camp instead of the death penalty they richly deserve. </slight sarcasm>
"Signs point to yes"
If it really was Canadian (Alberta) tar sands crude going to a port in Maine, then sabotage certainly could be a valid idea.
Local Maine groups are complaining -
However the Sierra Club is complaining about a possible pipeline, when the present train system is probably more dangerous...
Thanks. I thought that, but didn’t see where the FD was getting blamed. I was being dense.