Search resumes at Lac-Mégantic blast site with new specialized equipment

LAC-MEGANTIC, Que. – Crews in Lac-Mégantic, Que. resumed the painstaking search for bodies on Sunday after a short break to bring in specialized equipment for the recovery effort.

Authorities have found 42 bodies at the site and are still looking for five more who are feared dead.

Teams took a short pause for the first time on Saturday, two weeks after the train tragedy, while waiting for a crane and other gear to arrive from Montreal.

A few of the derailed rail tankers had to be removed before recovery efforts could continue.

The site of the July 6 crash remains fenced off and inaccessible to residents.

Lac-Mégantic mayor Colette Roy-Laroche said people with homes inside the perimeter will be able to return for a visit early this week to pick up personal belongings.

Originally about 2,000 people were forced from their homes following the explosion.

Just under 200 still can’t go home. Officials say it could be several months or longer before they can return.

“I’d like to thank these people for their patience and collaboration,” Laroche said at a news conference Sunday.

The area remains a crime scene and there are safety concerns as workers continue to clean up the oil spill.

Meanwhile, the tragedy prompted another outpouring of support from the public.

A fundraising run was organized to make the 12-kilometre trip between Nantes, Que., where the train got loose, and Lac-Mégantic.




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Search resumes at Lac-Mégantic blast site with new specialized equipment

  1. Meanwhile, black boxes from the locomotive at the centre of Canada’s
    deadliest railway explosion were sent to the United States for analysis,
    provincial police said Monday.

    Insp. Michel Forget told a news conference that the devices were
    brought back to Canada on the weekend as a criminal investigation
    continues into the Lac-Megantic disaster.

  2. ^ Ezra Levant has an ability to snoop out things that others overlook. Perhaps his suspicion will be proved correct on this one.

    It’s one thing for anonymous braggarts to make a claim online. It’s
    another to build a blockade on the train tracks and put out a press
    release. But that’s exactly what an extremist group in Maine did two
    weeks ago. They swore they’d stop trains of oil from North Dakota headed
    for Canada – just like the one that blew up in Lac-Megantic.

    The group is called 350 Maine and they blockaded the railway into the dead of night, until police finally arrested six of them.

    The actions of 350 Maine are part of a U.S. campaign that’s called
    Fearless Summer. In Canada it’s called Sovereignty Summer. Same tactics,
    same funders, same organizers. It’s “direct action” against oil
    companies.

    Their typical tactic is violence against property and defiance of
    police. An exploding fireball that kills people is not in their
    playbook. But what if some activist thought he was simply sabotaging a
    train to cause it to leak oil or to fall off the rails – no risk to life
    – but instead it accidentally went hurtling into a town to explode?
    That’s the thing about industrial vandalism – it doesn’t always go as
    planned.

    Did some overly passionate Fearless Summer activist come up from Maine
    to finish the job? Did some of the activists from the Enbridge pumping
    station go to Quebec for a project? We don’t know. Like Thomas Mulcair,
    we’re still guessing. But it is a public fact that the oil industry is
    under attack both north and south of the border and anti-oil anarchists
    brag about sabotaging trains.

    The question for Quebec investigators is whether they’ll follow up with
    avowed, law-breaking enemies of oil trains – or just keep pretending
    they don’t exist in a country as civilized as ours.

  3. From NP;

    Claude Mongeau, CN chief executive, warned the unusual sequence of
    events that led to the disaster in the Quebec town earlier this month
    has yet to be determined.

    “We don’t know at this point exactly what happened,” Mr Mongeau said
    on a conference call Monday. “Suffice it to say, it’s much more
    complicated than just finding out how many handbrakes were set.”

    We don’t know at this point exactly what happened

    He said there were many questions remaining, including what caused
    the fire in the locomotive, why the air in the independent brakes let
    out in minutes not hours, and why the required reset safety control did
    not play a role in stopping the train.

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