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Brake force blamed in Canada crash

Published 19/07/2013 | 17:33

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The aftermath of an oil train derailment in Lac-Megantic, Quebec (AP/The Canadian Press, Jacques Boissinot)

Insufficient brake force was applied before an oil train slammed into a town in Quebec on July 6 and killed 50 people, officials have said.

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Donald Ross, chief investigator for the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, said the insufficient brake force could be due to mechanical problems with the handbrakes, or a problem with the way someone applied them.

The unmanned train belonging to the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway was carrying 72 cars of crude oil when it slammed into the heart of Lac-Megantic, setting off massive explosions.

A spokesman for the agency said it has had a closer look at 25 tanker cars since gaining access to the blast site two days ago - and has taken pictures and samples.

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