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Harrowing video shows Lac-Mégantic’s exploding train disaster as it happened
National Post ^ | 7/9/2013 | Paola Loriggio and Melanie Marquis, National Post Staff

Posted on 07/10/2013 6:53:41 AM PDT by NonValueAdded

As flames cover the sky in front of him, Adrien Aubert is clearly incredulous. His amateur video of the Lac-Mégantic explosion shows a town divided by a towering wall of fire.

Aubert, who estimates that he is about 200 metres from downtown, narrates the disaster in French, explaining how the various tankers are exploding one by one while peppering in some (understandable, given the circumstances) obscenities in both French and English.

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Raw amateur video from the night of the explosion. Note, there is some (understandable) adult language in both French and English. here

(Excerpt) Read more at nationalpost.com ...


TOPICS: Canada; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: lacmegantic; oil; trains
[excerpted by rule] look at the last few railcars with FRED blinking away, waiting to feed the fire.
1 posted on 07/10/2013 6:53:41 AM PDT by NonValueAdded
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To: NonValueAdded

The train’s engineer (staying in town after parking his train at the top of a hill ~6 mi away) rounded up a railcar moving vehicle and pulled 9 to 13 cars off of the back of the train before they could become involved.


2 posted on 07/10/2013 7:01:52 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: NonValueAdded
The timeline on this is still unclear, but it appears that within as little as 20 minutes up to two short hours from the time the locomotive was turned off, this train turned into a runaway bomb. Another factoid is that the grade into town as 1.2% which compares to the 1.4% found in the Rocky Mountains. Talk about locked and loaded!

Some have posted that the Keystone Pipeline would not have prevented this disaster. While that MAY be true, the focus needs to be on preventing the NEXT disaster. This was a relatively small train, no? Consider the scale of disaster that can happen on the main flow line down through the heartland to the Gulf Coast.

Also consider the explosion [npi] in tanker car traffic that places every bit of rolling stock in service. A factor in the Lac-Mégantic was the older DOT-111 cars that have a history of puncturing during accidents (see Blame game over Lac-Megantic blast as train company and fire crews point finger at each other). Would the pipeline relieve some of that pressure? You betcha.

3 posted on 07/10/2013 7:05:23 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Unindicted Co-conspirators: The Mainstream Media)
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To: Paladin2

It is good that he did that but I don’t think it will buy him redemption. For his sake I hope he did everything by the book. I would not want to have this disaster on my conscience. Prayers for all involved.


4 posted on 07/10/2013 7:11:51 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Unindicted Co-conspirators: The Mainstream Media)
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To: NonValueAdded
There was a fire in the lead locomotive after he parked the train.

The local FD shut off the locomotive and put the fire out. One or two railroad employees (ID's unpublished to date) were apparently at the parked train after/during the fire.

At some point (~1 hr) after that fire was put out and all left, the train started to roll down the grade.

5 posted on 07/10/2013 7:19:13 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: NonValueAdded
" This was a relatively small train, no? "

72 to 73 tank cars is not that small. It's likely a mile long.

6 posted on 07/10/2013 7:22:22 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: NonValueAdded

http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/montreal/M%C3%A9gantic+What+causes+runaway+train/8631894/story.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+canwest%2FF297+%28The+Gazette+-+News%29


7 posted on 07/10/2013 7:30:31 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: NonValueAdded

oh ya!

Haven’t you seen this video on all of the nightly news programs of ABC, CBS, etc


8 posted on 07/10/2013 7:31:41 AM PDT by G Larry (Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalms 109:8)
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To: NonValueAdded

Incredible video.


9 posted on 07/10/2013 7:36:44 AM PDT by alarm rider (Basically, we are toast.)
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To: Paladin2

This is a very strange event. One where there seems to be more than being told.

First I ever heard this.


10 posted on 07/10/2013 7:39:18 AM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: NonValueAdded

Pub de Musi Café daté de 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpa1Dc4yqeo


11 posted on 07/10/2013 7:42:32 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Sequoyah101

Eco-terrorists?


12 posted on 07/10/2013 7:43:13 AM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: Paladin2

Small in terms of what Buffett sends down his line - relatively small, that is.


13 posted on 07/10/2013 7:45:11 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Unindicted Co-conspirators: The Mainstream Media)
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To: G Larry
Haven’t you seen this video on all of the nightly news programs of ABC, CBS, etc

No, and I don't like Cod Liver Oil either. :)

14 posted on 07/10/2013 7:48:58 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Unindicted Co-conspirators: The Mainstream Media)
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To: Sequoyah101
"One where there seems to be more than being told."

The media nearly go through the motions of regurgitating press releases without doing any investigation on their own. Plus they have no curiosity and can't put together a logical story line to save their lame butts.

15 posted on 07/10/2013 7:52:47 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: BenLurkin

Whoa, unfortunate choice of how they closed out that video.


16 posted on 07/10/2013 7:52:59 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Unindicted Co-conspirators: The Mainstream Media)
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To: NonValueAdded

Yet no problem with showing that plane crash out in CA.


17 posted on 07/10/2013 7:53:48 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: NonValueAdded

It’s eerie.


18 posted on 07/10/2013 8:01:25 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: NonValueAdded

Wasn’t it the firefighters who unintentionally caused this by turning off the engine which was keeping the air pressure to the braking system?


19 posted on 07/10/2013 8:34:14 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (When America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: NonValueAdded

The difference is that Cod Liver Oil is real....

MSM showing news video, that would contradict their politics, is a fantasy...


20 posted on 07/10/2013 8:49:26 AM PDT by G Larry (Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalms 109:8)
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To: Balding_Eagle

There are a number of choices that were made by various people that caused this to occur.


21 posted on 07/10/2013 9:09:26 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: NonValueAdded
"Would the pipeline relieve some of that pressure? You betcha. "

They could also load up some tanker ships in Duluth and sail down the St. Lawrence.

22 posted on 07/10/2013 9:12:23 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

I’m sure there are a lot of factors that added to this tragedy, however, it would seem that the largest factor was the lack of brakes.

The brakes would have kept the train where it was far outside of town.


23 posted on 07/10/2013 9:50:40 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (When America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: Balding_Eagle

As far as I know the air pressure in an air brake system is used to TAKE OFF the brakes which are failsafe and otherwise always ‘on’. Rip the brake lines out of an air brake system and the wheels lock.


24 posted on 07/10/2013 10:22:23 AM PDT by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: TalBlack

“...the air pressure in an air brake system is used to TAKE OFF the brakes
which are failsafe and otherwise always ‘on’...”
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Nope, not true.


25 posted on 07/10/2013 10:34:46 AM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: TalBlack

Trains don’t generally have spring brakes. The air leaks out of the system eventually and one apparently has to set the mechanical park brake appropriately.


26 posted on 07/10/2013 10:41:14 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: TalBlack

With the brakes set, there are only two ways to release the brakes. Pump up the air pressure or bleed off each brake on every car.


27 posted on 07/10/2013 10:48:25 AM PDT by tractorman (I never miss a chance to tweak a liberal.)
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To: Balding_Eagle

Air brakes are “negative”, which means that air pressure keeps the brakes off, not on. Loss of air pressure locks up the brakes.


28 posted on 07/10/2013 12:42:19 PM PDT by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: Renfield
Air brakes are “negative”, which means that air pressure keeps the brakes off, not on.

Was wondering if trains were like 18 wheelers.
On our big rigs we had *Maxi brakes*, when you would set them, you pulled a knob which would bleed off air pressure with a pretty loud sound to it.

29 posted on 07/10/2013 12:51:46 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz, Trey Gowdy......Nuff said.)
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To: Renfield; TalBlack

Not so. Air pressure is required to keep the brakes on.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3041105/posts?page=12#12


30 posted on 07/10/2013 1:24:25 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (When America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: G Larry

yeah, I chose a bad analogy because enduring CLO is good for you but enduring ABCBSMSNBCPBS is just torture.


31 posted on 07/10/2013 5:05:59 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Unindicted Co-conspirators: The Mainstream Media)
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