June 29, 2014 | Yahoo News |
Lac-Megantic (Canada) (AFP) – One year after an oil-laden train derailed, exploded and killed 47 people in a town in Canada’s Quebec province, trains are rolling again but locals are hardly thrilled.
The picturesque lakeside town of Lac-Megantic was transformed by the inferno — Canada’s worst rail catastrophe in 15 years.
An area of 2.5 square kilometers (one square mile) was ravaged. And for now, only trains carrying lumber rumble through the town, located about 250 kilometers (155 miles) east of Montreal.
That is enough to scare people in the town of 6,000, who now live in what looks like a giant construction site.
“People hate that,” said Edith, manager of a grocery store just 50 meters (yards) from the turn where the 72-car train derailed in the early morning hours of July 6, 2013.