Charges brought in Quebec railway disaster

MONTREAL (AP) - Prosecutors say three employees and a railway company will face criminal negligence charges stemming from the runaway oil train disaster that killed 47 people in a Quebec town last summer.

More than 60 oil tankers derailed and incinerated the downtown district of Lac Megantic, Quebec, last July 6.

The prosecutor's office said late Monday that 47 counts of criminal negligence have been filed against Thomas Harding, Jean Demaitre and Richard Labrie as well as the Montreal Maine and Atlantic Railway Ltd., the defunct railway at the heart of the disaster.

Rene Verret, a spokesman for the prosecutor, says the three railway employees were placed under arrest late Monday afternoon. They are scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday in Lac Megantic.


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