Rail Chief Blames Employee in Quebec Train Crash

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec (AP) - 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 today to the town that was devastated by the runaway oil train four days ago.

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

He said a train engineer has been suspended without pay.

Officials say 60 people are missing or dead in the aftermath of the train crash.

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