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Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway Ltd., the company that owned the crude-carrying train that exploded in a Quebec town killing five people, said the derailment may have been caused by the release of the train’s air brakes.
The train, carrying 72 carloads of crude oil, crashed and burst into flames near the center of Lac-Megantic, in the southeastern part of the province early yesterday, forcing the evacuation of 2,000 people, police said. Forty people remain unaccounted for and police said a criminal investigation is under way.
While Montreal, Maine & Atlantic has not completed its own investigation, the company said in a statement the train, which was parked at a station outside the town, was shut down after the engineer left. This “may have resulted in the release of air brakes on the locomotive that was holding the train in place,” the company, a short-line carrier owned by closely held Rail World Inc. of Chicago, said.
The crash is the latest in a series of accidents involving oil on rails as Canadian producers turn to shipping crude by train, with construction of pipelines such as the Keystone XL conduit to the Gulf Coast delayed by environmental and regulatory concerns. TransCanada Corp. (TRP) applied to build Keystone five years ago and the project was initially rejected by the Obama administration in January last year.