The prosecutor’s office for the province of Quebec filed criminal negligence charges relating to the July 6, 2013 derailment of an unattended 72-car freight train in the town of Lac-Mégantic. The derailment caused tank cars carrying Bakken crude oil to rupture, explode, and burst into flame, resulting in the deaths of forty-seven people and environmental contamination.

On May 13, 2014, the bankrupt Montreal Maine and Atlantic Railroad, Ltd. (MMAR) and three of its employees (the train engineer, the railway traffic controller, and the train operations manager) were each charged with 47 counts of criminal negligence. In Canada, criminal negligence that … Continue Reading