July 23, 2013 / 6:34 PM / in 4 years

Canada toughens rail safety rules after Quebec disaster

July 23 (Reuters) - In an emergency directive issued after a deadly rail accident this month, Transport Canada said on Tuesday that trains hauling dangerous goods must have at least two operators and must not be left unattended on a main track.

Transport Canada also said locomotives must be locked when left unattended.

The directive was issued in response to a deadly July 6 accident in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic, where a runaway train killed 47 people and leveled dozens of buildings.

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