Quebec provincial police say they've taken steps to prevent the auction of the locomotive that played a key role in the deadly Lac-Megantic rail diaster.
A spokeswoman for the force says investigators have initiated measures to block a U.S. auction house from selling the locomotive until the conclusion of their investigation.
Sgt. Christine Coulombe says she was not permitted to provide any more details.
The move comes after a report by The Canadian Press revealed that locomotive MMA 5017 was due to go to auction in Maine on Aug. 5.
The auctioneer says he has yet to hear from authorities that the engine will be pulled from his auction.
Adam Jokisch says he will proceed with his plans to sell the locomotive until an official tells him otherwise.