The engineer of train that derailed and exploded in Lac-Mégantic, Que., did not properly apply the handbrakes of the oil-filled train, according to new court documents.
The Montreal, Maine and Atlantic (MM&A) Railway company’s own rules require nine handbrakes to be applied for a train with 70 to 79 railcars.
In May 2014, MM&A and three of its employees — including the engineer — were each charged with 47 counts of criminal negligence causing death related to the derailment.
Prior to the July 6, 2013 derailment, the 79-railcar train had been parked on a slope, which should have required additional handbraking, some experts suggest.
In other Lac-Megantic news, the province of Quebec has launched a $409-million lawsuit against MM&A.