Freight trains roll through Lac-Megantic, Que., again

Freight trains have begun to roll through Lac-Megantic, Que., five months after a railway blast...

Freight trains have begun to roll through Lac-Megantic, Que., five months after a railway blast killed 47 residents. (TVA screenshot/QMI Agency)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:15 PM ET

LAC-MEGANTIC, Que. — Freight trains rolled through a Quebec border town under strict new rules on Wednesday, five months after a railway blast killed 47 residents.

Dangerous goods are banned, all trains must have an engineer and a conductor aboard at all times and speed limits are set at 16 km/h.

Trains will also be required to stop at all level crossings.

Mayor Collette Roy-Laroche, whose town relies heavily on freight service, spoke of a mix of apprehension and relief.

"We felt nearly every kind of feeling about the first convoy, even if it is a relief for workers and industries," she said. "We're facing our concerns, our fears to allow our local economy to regain momentum."

The Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway oversaw repairs to the tracks that were ripped apart when one of its crude-oil trains rolled down a hill, derailed and exploded on July 6.


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