Friday 23 February 2018

Driver of train that killed 50 breaks silence

Associated Press

The engineer who parked the train that ran loose, derailed and exploded in the centre of a small Quebec town has spoken out for the first time since the disaster that killed 50 people.

Tom Harding spoke through his lawyer Tom Walsh, who said that his client was devastated, very down and needed time to recover from the shock of the incident.

Harding left the train unattended overnight in Lac-Megantic to sleep at a local inn shortly before it barrelled into town, devastating the small town of 6,000.

The train was owned by Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway.

Edward Burkhardt, president and CEO of the railway's parent company, Rail World Inc, has said the engineer had failed to properly set enough hand brakes.

Irish Independent

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