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Continued: Rail company chief: Engineer failed to properly set brakes in Quebec train crash

  • Article by: DAVID CRARY , Associated Press
  • Last update: July 10, 2013 - 6:03 PM

Before Saturday's accident, the company had 34 derailments since 2003, including one death, according to the federal agency. The severity of those incidents is difficult to determine from the agency's 10-year data overviews on railroad safety.

Burkhardt said the figures were misleading.

"This is the only significant mainline derailment this company has had in the last 10 years. We've had, like most railroads, a number of smallish incidents, usually involving accidents in yard trackage and industry trackage," he told the CBC earlier this week.

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  • Rail World Inc. President Edward Burkhardt speaks to the media as he tours Lac-Megantic, Quebec, on Wednesday, July 10, 2013. Burkhardt said Wednesday that an employee failed to properly set the brakes of the train that crashed into a town in Quebec, killing at least 15 people. (AP Photo/ The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)

  • Environment Canada emergency inspectors check on nine MMA tanker cars that remain on the tracks in Nantes, Quebec, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. A train engineer reportedly rushed to borrow a tractor from an area forestry company; grabbed a fireman's suit from an area department; and pushed nine fuel-filled cars weighing 100 tonnes away from the explosive danger on the night of the derailment, according to the company. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jacques Boissinot)

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