Lac-Mégantic oil train trial set to begin in September

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Tank cars stacked in the middle of destruction in the town of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, in July 2013. The train's engineer and two others are set for to be tried in criminal court for their roles in the train wreck.
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LAC-MÉGANTIC, Quebec — Three former Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway employees will stand trial this fall for their role in the 2013 oil train derailment and explosion that killed 47 people in a small Quebec town.

CTV News reports that the trial for engineer Thomas Harding, dispatcher Richard Labrie, and manager Jean Demaitre is set to begin on Sept. 11 and will last at least three months. Last week, the Quebec Superior Court ruled that the trial would take place in Sherbrooke, Que., a bilingual community 60 miles west of Lac-Mégantic. All three men have pleaded not guilty to 47 counts of criminal negligence causing death.

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