Quebec locomotive inspected day before disaster, no problem seen

Mon Jul 8, 2013 6:10pm EDT
 
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LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec (Reuters) - Inspectors examined the locomotive involved in last weekend's Quebec rail disaster the day before it derailed and exploded but found no problems with it, Canadian Transport Minister Denis Lebel told reporters on Monday.

Lebel said the train was inspected on Friday. Later that night, firemen put out an engine blaze on the train while it was parked and in the early hours of Saturday, it moved off driverless towards Lac-Megantic, the scene of the explosion.

"Transport Canada inspectors inspected the locomotive involved in this event just the day before it happened, on July 5, and found no deficiencies," said Lebel.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Sandra Maler)

 
A worker watches the hose as crude oil is collected from below the train tracks of the La Chaudiere River in the town of Lac Megantic, Quebec, July 8, 2013. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi