Canada lets rail company behind fatal Quebec derailment to operate through October 1

Published August 17, 2013

| Associated Press

A Canadian government agency says the U.S. rail company whose runaway train crashed into a small Quebec town, killing 47 people last month, has adequate insurance to keep operating for the next month and a half.

The Canadian Transportation Agency said Friday that the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway provided evidence it had adequate third-party liability insurance coverage to operate from Aug. 20 to Oct. 1, 2013.

On July 6, an unmanned train, with 72 tankers of crude oil, came loose, derailed and crashed into the center of Lac-Megantic. Several tankers exploded, destroying 40 buildings. An estimated 1.48 million gallons of oil were spilled.

The rail company was granted creditor protection on Aug. 8 after the company said it couldn't afford the cleanup and reconstruction costs for the town.

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