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Lac-Megantic train derailment
07-09-2013, 09:04 PM #1
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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Investigators are still trying to piece together exactly what happened. But what is known for sure is that the train carrying crude oil was parked and locked down on the tracks in Nantes late Friday night. The conductor left the train and went to a hotel for the night.

Around 11:30 p.m., firefighters responded to reports of a blaze on the train’s locomotive. Shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday, the train somehow came free and made its way to Lac-Megantic, where it derailed, caught on fire and sparked a number of massive explosions.

On Monday evening, Quebec provincial police announced that the death toll so far is 13, with nearly 40 people still missing. The blaze destroyed about 40 buildings and flattened a large section of the town.


İmage

Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/lac-meganti...z2YZZVaxUR
07-09-2013, 09:12 PM #2
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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Horrible tragedy. The trains are so technologically backward in the safety area. Every time I sit at a train crossing watching the train go by, there's always that niggling doubt about it's safety. Is it my time to go now? damned.gif

With this, we now have the train company blaming the firefighters that the train people told to leave after the firefighters put out a little fire before entering the town...the government will be looking to criminally prosecute the train company for not implementing high tech, costly upgraded technology (which they cannot afford and which the government does not want to help them with $).

Do I blame government for not stepping in sooner and taking control....catch 22? In this case, all I care about is everyone's safety...and that includes crumbling infrastructure too (esp. bridges).
07-09-2013, 09:17 PM #3
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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How are you US? Surviving the rain? That's unreal what you guys got.
07-09-2013, 09:21 PM #4
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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Yes, our mother Earth is crying. sad2.gif

We're ok here because we were a bit West of it, but Toronto has never seen flash flooding as this, before. However, an interesting fact about Toronto is that in the 1950's after extreme flooding, they allocated areas, now conservation areas, where the worse flooding was and, of course, their drainage across the City is excellent. As quickly as the water flashed in, it subsided quickly too.

07-09-2013, 09:25 PM #5
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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Glad to hear you're okay.

Some amazing pics
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toro...e13080960/
07-09-2013, 09:31 PM #6
yankees skier
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I've been following this the last two days, it's crazy.

Biere.
07-09-2013, 09:42 PM #7
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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People were amazed that basically most of the subway system was operating today.

Other cities admire Toronto's storm drainage planning, so I've read. It could have been so much worse. thumbsup.gif

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/st...r-ttc.html
07-09-2013, 09:43 PM #8
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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(07-09-2013, 09:17 PM)Shadow Wrote:  How are you US? Surviving the rain? That's unreal what you guys got.


I'm trying to not watch the news every day, because it depresses me too much. See what happens when I don't watch it. gaah.gif

But hubby makes sure I know the ugliest horrifying details even though I say...."No, I don't want to know".
07-09-2013, 09:45 PM #9
Accidental Stoner Member
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Floods look a lot like in Europe a couple of weeks something ago...


Around here, everything still perfectly norbal. stoned.gif
07-09-2013, 09:47 PM #10
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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(07-09-2013, 09:04 PM)Shadow Wrote:  sad2.gif

Investigators are still trying to piece together exactly what happened. But what is known for sure is that the train carrying crude oil was parked and locked down on the tracks in Nantes late Friday night. The conductor left the train and went to a hotel for the night.

Around 11:30 p.m., firefighters responded to reports of a blaze on the train’s locomotive. Shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday, the train somehow came free and made its way to Lac-Megantic, where it derailed, caught on fire and sparked a number of massive explosions.

On Monday evening, Quebec provincial police announced that the death toll so far is 13, with nearly 40 people still missing. The blaze destroyed about 40 buildings and flattened a large section of the town.


İmage

Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/lac-meganti...z2YZZVaxUR


And let's not forget that alot of bitumen went into the river there. The environmental assessment will be horrific as well, I'm sure.
07-09-2013, 10:52 PM #11
Octo Mother Superior
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Absolutely horrendous accident. The devastation is incredible. sad2.gif
07-09-2013, 10:55 PM #12
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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Unbelievable tragedy. sad2.gif

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07-09-2013, 11:14 PM #13
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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Just found this:
Quote:Several Canadian news outlets have reported on concerns that some of the victims may have been "vaporized" by the blast.
cbsnews.com damned.gif

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07-10-2013, 01:17 AM #14
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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(07-09-2013, 11:14 PM)JayRodney Wrote:  Just found this:
Quote:Several Canadian news outlets have reported on concerns that some of the victims may have been "vaporized" by the blast.
cbsnews.com damned.gif


Horrifying sad2.gif

The derailment also raised questions about the safety of Canada's growing practice of transporting oil by train, and is sure to bolster arguments in favor of a proposed oil pipeline running from Canada across the U.S. — a project that Canadian officials badly want.

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edit, a comment on the article

Quote:Sorry for all those who are suffering, but today I heard on CBS news radio the oil in the tankers is from North Dakota going to Canada.
07-10-2013, 01:19 AM #15
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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damned.gif I was just wondering where the other bodies were this morning...that crossed my mind.



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