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Railroad files for bankruptcy after Lac-Megantic tragedy

August 7, 2013, Bangor, Maine – The Maine-based railroad whose oil train caused a fire and explosion that claimed 47 lives in a small town in Quebec has filed for bankruptcy protection.

August 7, 2013
By The Canadian Press

August 7, 2013, Bangor, Maine – The Maine-based railroad whose oil train caused a fire and explosion that claimed 47 lives in a small town in Quebec has filed for bankruptcy protection.

Montreal, Maine and Atlantic has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the U.S.

Company chairman Ed Burkhardt said previously that a bankruptcy filing was likely because of service disruptions because its rail line remains closed in Lac-Megantic, Que.

The company also faces lawsuits and enormous cleanup costs following the July 6 derailment and disaster.

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The train with 72 tankers full of crude oil was unattended when it began rolling, eventually tearing into the town.

Burkhardt blamed the train's operator for failing to set enough hand brakes.