‘We know there will be more deaths’: Death toll climbs to three in Quebec train explosion

National Post | News

LAC-MEGANTIC, Que. — Investigators with the Transportation Safety Board said they have recovered the black box from the runaway freight train that derailed and exploded here Saturday and will be examining it for clues into what caused the disaster.

The train of 72 oil tank cars, owned by Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway, had been parked on a siding in Nantes Friday night when it began rolling on its own down the tracks that descend into Lac-Mégantic, about 10 kilometres away.

Donald Ross, investigator in charge with the TSB, said investigators will focus on the train’s brakes to learn how the unmanned train broke free.

“Certainly the manner in which the train was secured, both air brakes and hand brakes, we’ll be looking very strongly at that,” he said. Fellow investigator Ed Belkaloul said it will be “a 360-degree investigation. We are going to try to turn over all stones.” He…

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