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22 March 2014
Investigation Into Lake Megantic Crash Complete and Charges Expected

Montreal Quebec - Quebec provincial police have concluded their investigation into the deadly Lake Megantic train derailment that killed 47 people in July 2013.
A police source has told QMI Agency that they are confident prosecutors will lay criminal negligence charges against at least three people, including the train's engineer and the CEO of Montreal Maine & Atlantic Railway (MMA).
According to police, engineer Tom Harding "knew that some of the mechanical brakes on the individual wagons were malfunctioning. Also, he also knew that the brakes would have been further affected after a small fire was detected on the train earlier in the evening."
The question of how many brakes needed to be applied to secure the 72-tanker train is a factor that investigators have been trying to determine for eight months, but QMI has been told that the effectiveness and functionality of the brakes seems to be the current focus of the investigation.
Ed Burkhardt, the former CEO of MMA, called Harding out publicly just five days after the tragedy.
"There's no doubt that Harding didn't apply an adequate number of brakes, even though he had ample time to do so," Burkhardt said 11 Jul 2013.
According to police sources, the criminal investigation has centred on Burkhardt, Harding, and an unnamed MMA employee.
Prosecutors have been handed the files, and are expected to lay charges in the near future.
Legal sources have told QMI that up to a half-dozen people could face various charges in Canada's deadliest railway explosion.

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