The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

July 10, 2013

Rail chief blames employee in Quebec train crash

The Associated Press

— LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec — The president and CEO of the railway’s parent company says an employee failed to properly set the brakes of the train that crashed into a town in Quebec, killing at least 15 people.

Edward Burkhardt made the comments during a visit Wednesday to the town that was devastated by the runaway oil train four days ago.

“It was questionable whether hand brakes were put I place at this time,” Burkhardt said. “I don’t think any employees removed brakes. They failed to set the brakes.”

He said a train engineer has been suspended without pay.