Investigators in Lac-Mégantic take break two weeks after train tragedy

LAC-MÉGANTIC, Que. – Investigators and search crews in Lac-Mégantic are taking a break today for the first time since a train carrying oil derailed in the Quebec town two weeks ago.

Only firefighters and private firms cleaning up the oil spill don’t have the day off.

Quebec provincial police Insp. Michel Forget says the break will give authorities time to develop a new strategy for the week to come.

He says specialized equipment is being brought in to clear debris from the scene.

The official death toll in the disaster now stands at 47.

The bodies of 42 victims have been recovered, and 22 have been formally identified.

The site of the July 6 crash is still considered a crime scene and the area is closed off to residents with a security fence.