Canada orders reinforced fuel trains after disaster
OTTAWA (AFP) - Canada said on Friday new rail cars used to transport fuel would be reinforced in order to avoid a repeat of the devastating explosion in Quebec last year that left 47 people dead.
Large swathes of the picturesque town of Lac-Megantic were reduced to rubble after a runaway freight train carrying fuel crashed and derailed in July last year.
The structural integrity of the DOT 111 tank cars involved in the accident came under scrutiny following the accident, after it emerged the United States (US) Department of Transportation had identified safety flaws in the early 1990s.
Canadian Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt said from now on DOT 111 tank cars would be required to be designed to meet stringent new safety regulations.