This latest train accident helps to bring to the forefront the ongoing debate about rail safety and corporations’ responsibility to residents living close to their lines. Two years ago a train carrying oil from the Bakkan field was being transported in Quebec. It was left unattended at night with inadequate braking. It rolled down the tracks and derailed in the middle of a small town, Lac Megantic, on a beautiful summer evening. Forty-five people were killed and much of the town incinerated.
That company running the train declared bankruptcy.
Canadian regulators have rolled out new regulations, but true safety lies in ensuring safe practises are followed. Just a few weeks ago a CPR train was parked on a slope in BC above a small town. The train operators were ordered, by a supervisor, to leave their train parked without the regulation number of brakes on.
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