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Quebec Oil Tragedy

• arclein
Saturday's disaster in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, was caused by a runaway oil freight train that leveled the town's center and killed at least 13 people. Another 37 people are still missing. It is not known if the train's DOT-111 tanker cars were manufactured up to the higher standards. It is also far from clear if more puncture-resistant fittings could have withstood the crush of a train hurtling downhill and leaping the tracks into the center of town.

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Comment by olde reb
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"a runaway freight train"?    Hey, come on.   Freight trains have been remote controlled in the yards for decades.  How was it a "runaway"? 

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