OTTAWA – As safety inspectors sifted through the charred rubble of Lac-Megantic, Que., provincial police urged them to check a train parked unsafely a few kilometres away, according to documents obtained by Global News.
The documents support a search warrant executed earlier this month at the Farnham, Que. offices of Montreal, Maine & Atlantic – the railway at the heart of the investigation into the Lac-Megantic explosion.
In the documents, Transport Canada inspector Marc Grignon recounts how Quebec police called the federal body, concerned about a second train barely five kilometres east of the smouldering MMA locomotive that had exploded two days earlier in Lac-Megantic.
The 72-car train carrying crude oil was sent barreling down a hillside into after breaking free of its brakes in the early hours of July 6. The cars derailed in the middle of the town, leaked its cargo and exploded. Forty-seven people were killed.
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