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Fri Jan 19, 2018, 07:03 PM

All 3 MMA rail workers acquitted in Lac-Megantic disaster trial

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/lac-megantic-criminal-negligence-verdict-1.4474848


After nine days of deliberations, jurors have acquitted the three former Montreal, Maine and Atlantic (MMA) railway employees charged with criminal negligence causing death in the 2013 Lac-Mégantic rail disaster.

Locomotive engineer Tom Harding, 56, rail traffic controller Richard Labrie, 59, and operations manager Jean Demaître, 53, were all charged after the derailment of a runaway fuel train early on July 6, 2013. Several tankers, carrying highly volatile crude oil exploded, turning downtown Lac-Mégantic into an inferno and killing 47 people.​

There was an audible gasp in the courtroom and the family of Labrie cried when the verdict was delivered early Friday afternoon.

Through tears, Labrie described his relief. He said his thoughts were always with and continue to be with the community of Lac-Mégantic.

"I would like to say the people of Lac-Mégantic, what they went through, they showed a huge amount of courage," he said.

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