Railway in Quebec disaster allowed to operate till Oct 1
TORONTO (REUTERS) - The rail company whose oil tanker train blew up in a Quebec town last month, killing 47 people, will be allowed to continue operating through Oct 1, 2013, after providing insurance documentation demanded by Canadian authorities.
The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) said on Friday it would let Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway (MMA) and its Canadian subsidiary keep trains moving for now. Earlier this month it had ordered MMA to cease operations, saying the railway lacked adequate insurance.
On July 6, a runaway MMA train hauling tankers of crude oil derailed in the center of the little Quebec town of Lac-Megantic, and exploded in giant fireballs in what was North America's deadliest rail accident in two decades.
The centre of Lac-Megantic was flattened and an estimated 1.5 million 5.6 million litres of oil were spilled.