Criminal Probe into Lac-Megantic Train Explosion, Canada

Created: 2013-07-10 14:59 EST

Category: World > North America

Canadian police say they have opened a criminal investigation into the train explosion that likely killed 50 people in Lac-Megantic.

A runaway train hauling 72 cars of crude oil barreled into town early on Saturday, derailing on a curve and exploding into a huge fireball.
At least 15 people died in the disaster and the death toll could reach 50.
[Donald Ross, Investigator, Transportation Safety Board of Canada]:
"The train derailed at approximately 1:14 am and although we can't provide the precise speed at this time, the train was traveling well in excess of its authorized speed at that point." 
The train was parked in nearby Nantes on Friday night when one of its engines caught fire. 
Local firemen turned off the engine, put out the fire and went home.
The train then started moving by itself and blew up in Lac-Megantic at 1:00 a.m. on Saturday.