Seven years after the tragedy, the railway has changed in Lac-Mégantic ever, the City has officially opened the memory Space, on Monday.
This place, which is to remember the 47 victims of this accident, consists of a stone monument and is located on the former site of the Musi-Café, destroyed by the explosion of tank cars containing fuel. They were part of a goods train of the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic (MMA), which had proceeded without a driver before ending his race in a huge ball of fire in the centre of this municipality in the Estrie region.
“On July 6, 2013, a train out of control carrying crude oil derailed and exploded in the community of Lac-Mégantic in Quebec. The accident took away the lives of 47 people, forced thousands more to leave their homes and destroyed much of the city centre,” recalled the prime minister Justin Trudeau, Monday, via press release.
“Today, I join the Méganticois and all Canadians to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in this tragedy. This is the railway accident, the most deadly in the modern history of our country,” he added.
Despite the time that has taken place since the accident, the bypass has still not seen the light of day. The federal government announced in early June that the stage of plans and specifications will begin this summer. The consultations are not yet completed.
For its part, the Bloc québécois has criticized the quality of the rails of the region belonging to the Central Maine & Quebec Railway (CMQR), a subsidiary of the Canadian Pacific railway (CP).
“Clearly, the subsidiary of the Canadian Pacific railway (CP) does not even the minimum necessary to maintain its rails. The proof is that seven years after the tragedy of Lac-Mégantic, we continue to see for frequent derailments on the railways of the old MMA. The employees of the CMQR has beautiful sounding of an alarm, the management turned a deaf ear and does not move. This situation is totally untenable,” said the mp bloquiste Xavier Barsalou-Duval, by press release on Monday.
It has, therefore, asked the federal Transport minister, Marc Garneau, to intervene to force the CP to improve the railway.