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Rail employees charged with 47 criminal charges for deadly Quebec train derailment

Three former employees of the now-defunct Montreal Maine and Atlantic Railway (MM&A) were arraigned in a Canadian court Tuesday on 47 counts of criminal negligence in connection with the July 2013 train derailment that set off the deadliest rail disaster in Canadian history since 1864. Train operations manager Jean Demaitre, railway traffic controller Richard Labrie, and engineer Tom Harding each face multiple counts of criminal negligence, one count for each of the 47 people killed in the disaster. In Canadian court, one count of criminal negligence carries a maximum penalty of life in prison. The charges come about 10 months ... Read More

Oil trains have been responsible for more oil spilled in 2013 than the past 38 years combined

According to a new analysis from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), in the U.S., more oil was spilled from trains in 2013 than in every year from 1975 to 2012 combined. Last year, railcars were responsible for the release of more than 1.15 million gallons of crude oil while only a combined 800,000 gallons were spilled in the past 38 years. Since the study was just in the U.S., it does not include the disastrous oil train spill occurring in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, which resulted the deaths of 47 people and an estimated 1.58 ... Read More

Takeda faces Actos class-action in Quebec

MONTREAL, QUEBEC–A group of Actos patients from Quebec, Canada have filed a class action lawsuit against Takeda Pharmaceuticals and its affiliate Eli Lilly in an effort to collect damages for injuries they allege were brought about by the blockbuster diabetes drug. The latest Canadian lawsuit asserts that Japan-based Takeda and Indiana-based Eli Lilly knew about but failed to disclose critical safety information that the popular drug, used to treat patients with type 2 diabetes, promotes the development of bladder cancer. The Quebec patients involved in the new class action developed bladder cancer as a result of taking Actos, the lawsuit ... Read More

Maine logging truck rollover kills 5-year-old asleep in house

There is no doubt logging trucks have a bad reputation. Anyone who lives near a timber operation or along a route heavily traveled by logging trucks has heard stories about poorly secured logs coming loose on the highway and causing horrific crashes. Seldom, however, do we hear of crashes as incomprehensible and tragic as the fatal logging truck crash last Tuesday that killed a 5-year-old boy who was asleep on the couch in his house. The Bangor Daily News reports that commercial driver Christian Cloutier, 57, of Quebec, Canada, fell asleep behind the wheel of his logging truck while driving ... Read More