WATCH: accused in Lac-Mégantic tragedy freed after arraignment

Three men charged in the Lac-Mégantic train disaster have been freed until their next court appearance in September.

The town's sports complex was turned into a makeshift courtroom for the appearance of the three railway employees, who each face 47 charges of criminal negligence causing death — one for each person who died in the tragedy

Thomas Harding, Jean Demaitre and Richard Labrie are now free, but must observe certain conditions — among them, they can't leave the country.

Harding was the driver of the train that barrelled into downtown Lac-Mégantic in the early morning hours of last July 6 before exploding and eventually killing 47 people — most of whom were trapped at the Musi-Café, the town's popular bar.

The Crown has identified Labrie as the railway traffic controller and Demaitre as the manager of train operations.

The insolvent Montreal Maine and Atlantic Railway faces the same charges.

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