July 25, 2013

Police raid office of Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway

Canadian officers are searching for evidence in the July 6 railway disaster that killed 47 people and destroyed much of a small Quebec town.

The Associated Press

LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec — Police raided the Canadian office of a U.S. railway company to collect evidence in a criminal investigation related to an oil train derailment this month that devastated a Quebec town and killed 47 people.

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People comfort each other in front of the St-Agnes church during a vigil for the victims of the train crash in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, on July 12. Police raided the railway's Canadian office in a search for evidence Thursday, July 25, 2013.

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Firefighters are carried away from the train crash site in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Sunday, July 14, 2013. Earlier this month, a locomotive and 72 tankers carrying shale oil slammed into downtown Lac-Megantic after rolling down a slope and gathering speed, killing 47 people and setting much of the downtown ablaze. (AP Photo/ The Canadian Press, Jacques Boissinot)

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Quebec provincial police inspector Michel Forget said Thursday that officers are searching the offices of Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway to collect undisclosed evidence.

The company owned the train that was carrying crude oil when it derailed and exploded in downtown Lac-Megantic on July 6.

The company's director of administration, Sara Osborne, says she is aware of the police operation but isn't offering details.

The company already faces a number of wrongful-death lawsuits in the disaster.

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