Current Event Cat of the Day: Quebec Train Disaster

Current EVent Cat - 30 Missing Train Disaster

Canadian police have said that 30 people are still missing since Saturday’s train disaster in the village of Lac-Mégantic, Québec and are “most probably dead”.

Presuming the missing are dead, the final death count from the tragic accident is now at 50. The train disaster happened when a train derailed and five cars carrying crude oil exploded in the middle of the village, blowing up 30 buildings and forcing 2,000 residents to flee their homes.

20 bodies have been recovered so far and the police definitely expect to find 30 more. The police recently announced that families of the “missing” should prepare for the worst.

“We informed them of the potential loss of their loved ones,” said Quebec police inspector Michel Forget, “You have to understand that it’s a very emotional moment.”

The intensity of the explosions and fire made certain parts of the town too hot to handle so rescuers have been slow at recovering the remains. Additionally, some of the bodies may have been burnt to ashes in the explosion so authorites have asked relatives to provide DNA samples by bringing in toothbrushes, razors and other items.

Who’s to blame for the fourth worst train disaster in Canadian history? NDP leader Thomas Mulcair thinks Stephen Harper is to blame (as always) but Rail World chief executive officer Edward Burkhardt pointed his finger at an engineer who was in charge of driving the train. Burkhardt said the train’s engineer had been suspended without pay and was under “police control.”

“We think he applied some hand brakes, but the question is, did he apply enough of them?” Burkhardt said. “He said he applied 11 hand brakes. We think that’s not true. Initially we believed him, but now we don’t.

Way to throw him under the bus train, Burkhardt!

Via: CBC News

One Response to “Current Event Cat of the Day: Quebec Train Disaster”

  1. Pam shivar
    October 13, 2015 at 8:36 pm #

    Very educational I helped my friend find this and she is using it as her current event

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