MMA employees concerned about "catastrophe" before Lac Mégantic

Some new documents recently unsealed about the Lac Mégantic disaster suggest the train engineer didn't set enough handbrakes.

The documents obtained by the Gazette say Thomas Harding had set 7 handbrakes when Montreal, Maine and Atlantic's standards say 9 should have been set — and an independent investigator said at least 15 should have been set.

The documents also say several MMA employees told the SQ that the company’s equipment was in poor condition and that its tracks were in need of repair.

MMA’S rail traffic controller said some employees worried that there would be a “catastrophe” because of the products the railway carried and the condition of the equipment.

None of the information has been proven in court.

Last July, a runaway train crashed into Lac Mégantic's downtown, killing 47 people.

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