Oil Train Disaster To Be Remembered in Quebec
Sunday marks the first anniversary of the oil train disaster in Lac Megantic, Quebec, not far from the Maine border.
A runaway train of the former Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway de-railed in the center of town. Tanker cars full of oil exploded into flame, devastating part of Lac Megntic's downtown and killing 47 people.
This weekend, a candlelight walk will be staged through Lac Megantic. It's scheduled to last 47 minutes - one minute for every person who died in the tragedy.
The disaster forced Montreal, Maine and Atlantic to file for bankruptcy, and a New York investment firm has just completed a purchase of its assets. Officials of the newly re-named Central Maine and Quebec Railway say they want to ship oil again, once improvements are made to track and equipment.
Officials and residents in Lac Megantic are pressing Canada's federal government to force the railroad to build a new track that would bypass the town's center.