173 – La Train d’Enfer – The Lac-Mégantic Rail Disaster

On July 6, 2013, in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, an unattended 73-car freight train carrying crude oil rolled down a grade and derailed downtown, multiple tank cars exploded, resulting in a massive fire. More than 30 buildings in the town’s core were destroyed, and, sadly, forty-seven people lost their lives.

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