Legal News

Runaway Oil Train in Canada Blows Up 30 Buildings — Over 15 Incinerated
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

On Tuesday night, a train whose fires had recently been put out by firefighters was left idling on a steep hill above a small Canadian town in Quebec. The unmanned train had been disabled while the fires were put out, and this might have been what knocked out the brakes. Once it started descending the hill, there was no stopping it.

“It was moving at a hellish speed,” said resident Gilles Fluet, as reported by the  Huffington Post. “No lights, no signals, nothing at all. There was no warning. It was a black blob that came out of nowhere.”

  
What
Where


That black blog crashed, after 18 minutes downhill, into the small town, destroying 30 buildings, including the Musi-Café, which was full of people; at least five of the cars exploded on impact.

The death toll has reached 15, with bodies burned past recognition, but over three dozen more people are missing.

“There are those who ran fast and those who made the right decision. Those who fooled around trying to start their cars to leave the area, there are probably some who burned in them,” Fluet said. “And some who weren’t fast enough to escape the river of fire that ran down to the lake, they were roasted.”

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!




The fire has been contained, and the 1,200 residents have been told they can return to their houses, but as to who is missing and who is dead, it is dreaded information at this point.

“Everybody that is gone – we’re a close-knit community – they are my friends’ children, they’re former workmates, they’re elderly people that I know, I knew them all,” Fluet said. “I’m on adrenaline and not doing too badly, but I know that when the names come out and the funerals take place it will be another shock.”



Aside from the tragedy, the crash has given fuel for thought: should Canada build a pipeline to transport oil? The debate has not been decided, and Canada has been using more and more trains to transport oil throughout North America, but incidents like this one suggest the pipeline is the best bet after all.



 

Interesting Legal Sites You May Like


BCG FEATURED JOB

Locations:

Keyword:



Search Now

Mid-Level Commercial Business Litigator

USA-CA-Los Angeles

Los Angeles office is seeking a commercial business litigation attorney with 2-5 years of experience...

Apply Now

Senior Level Litigator

USA-CA-Woodland Hills

Woodland Hills office is seeking a litigation attorney with 5-7 years of experience and a background...

Apply Now

Litigation Associate Attorney

USA-CT-Stamford

Stamford office of our client seeks litigation associate attorney with 3+ years of experience. The c...

Apply Now

Experienced Estate Planning Attorney

USA-CA-Torrance

Torrance office is seeking an estate planning attorney with 7-10 years of experience.

Apply Now

RELEVANT JOBS

Attorney

USA-WA-Woodinville

The ideal candidate will have 2-3 years’ experience as an attorney, who is passionate about br...

Apply now

Legal Secretary / Paralegal

USA-UT-Ogden

Have need of a legal secretary / paralegal to prepare legal documents for court filing and estate pl...

Apply now

Medical Malpractice Associate

USA-CA-Los Angeles

Downtown Los Angeles medical malpractice defense firm seeks 2-4 year associate attorney with persona...

Apply now

Immigration Attorney

USA-CA-Anaheim

Responsibilities: Make appearances in immigration court at Master Calendars and Individual Hea...

Apply now

SEARCH IN ARCHIVE

To Top