published Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Rail chief blames employee in Quebec train crash

LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec — The president and CEO of the railway’s parent company says an employee failed to properly set the brakes of the train that crashed into a town in Quebec, killing at least 15 people.

Edward Burkhardt made the comments during a visit today to the town that was devastated by the runaway oil train four days ago.

“It was questionable whether hand brakes were put I place at this time,” Burkhardt said. “I don’t think any employees removed brakes. They failed to set the brakes.”

He said a train engineer has been suspended without pay.

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