Prosecutors drop charges against Montreal, Maine & Atlantic

RELATED TOPICS: DERAILMENTS/WRECKS | CANADA | CRUDE OIL
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An aerial view of charred freight train in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, following the July 2013 derailment and fire.
Transportation Safety Board of Canada
LAC-MÉGANTIC, Quebec — The criminal case against the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic closes after prosecutors in the case didn't think they could get a conviction of the bankrupt corporation, according to the NationalPost.com.

The news website reports that Crown prosecutors ended criminal proceedings against the defunct railroad after believing they could not secure a guilty conviction.A loaded MM&A crude oil train ran uncontrollably into downtown Lac-Mégantic on July 6, 2013, derailed and exploded, killing 47 people and destroying much of the town.

In subsequent years, the MM&A had its assets sold. The line over which it ran is now operated by the Central Maine & Quebec Railway short line.

MM&A Engineer Tom Harding and two other railroaders were acquitted of criminal charges in January. A court later sentenced Harding to six-months of probation and fined five other railroaders in February on environmental charges related to the oil spill and fire.

See the original article online.
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