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Engineer blamed for Canada train blast

  • A local engineer has been blamed for a runaway train that derailed and exploded in a Quebec town in the early hours of Saturday morning.

    The head of train operator, Rail World, said he did not believe the engineer had set a series of hand brakes.

    Residents heckled Edward Burkhardt as he arrived in Lac-Megantic.

    Sixty people are now known to be dead or missing following the incident.

    The train, which was carrying 72 cars of crude oil, was parked just before midnight on Friday in the town of Nantes, located about seven miles away from Lac-Megantic.

    While tackling the fire, firefighters shut down a locomotive that had been left running in order to keep the brakes engaged.

    Soon after, the train began to move downhill until it derailed and exploded in Lac-Megantic.

    The fire department and Rail World have held each other responsible for the disaster.

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