St.Henri residents sound alarm after weekend train derailment

There are big worries among community members in St. Henri following the CN train derailment there over the weekend that led to a spill of 3500 litres of diesel fuel.

People who live near De Courcelle and Saint-Jacques streets, where the train derailed Saturday night, say the accident is raising major concerns, especially after what happened in Lac-Mégantic.

“CN told the city very fast about the accident, but what exactly were they carrying? We don’t know, Lac Mégantic sounded an alarm in my head right away, I live right beside the railway,” Pierre Carl, who’s lived there four years, said.

Former city councillor and outspoken community member Véronique Fournier, the south west borough mayor Benoit Dorais and the NDP have all sent letters to the federal government calling for better rail safety measures and they're demanding CN be more transparent.

“We don’t feel that there’s a will from the federal government, that there’s a will form CN to be more responsible towards the community that they are going through, this Saturday night has shown that this kind of accident can happen right in the heart of Montreal,” Fournier said.

“I hope it will get people together to have a strong voice, not just in St.Henri but across Montreal.”

Community members went to the tracks Sunday to protest, while officials began the cleanup.

Right next to the track is a school and a daycare.

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