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RAC expresses its sympathy for the victims of the Lac-Mégantic incident

The Railway Association of Canada (RAC) again expressed its deep sympathies for the victims of the Lac-Mégantic, Que. derailment today, as the Quebec coroner released his reports into the incident.

“This tragedy never should have happened,” said RAC President & CEO Michael Bourque.

“We want the people of Lac-Mégantic to know that we remain committed to learning everything we can from this tragedy, and that we’re working with all levels of government to make sure that our industry is as safe as possible.”

Since the incident on July 6, 2013, Canada’s railways have worked with Transport Canada to develop new train securement and operating practices to ensure rail safety. The industry has also introduced new information-sharing, emergency preparedness, and first-responder training initiatives, and has made significant investments to ensure the safety of its infrastructure. The RAC now also requires companies to make a commitment to safety culture, as a condition of membership in the association.



Alex Paterson
Railway Association of Canada

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