Quebec train going too fast

2013-07-09 18:32
Prime Minister Harper, center, talks with firefighters in Lac Megantic, Quebec. (AP)

Prime Minister Harper, center, talks with firefighters in Lac Megantic, Quebec. (AP)

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Lac-Megantic - The crude oil freight train that derailed and blew up in the small town of Lac-Megantic early on Saturday morning was travelling far too fast when it went off the rails, investigators told reporters on Tuesday.

"The train derail[ed] at approximately 01.14 (05:14 GMT)and although we can't provide the precise speed at this time, the train was travelling well in excess of its authorised speed at that point," said Donald Ross, an investigator with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada.

At least 13 people died in the disaster and the death toll could reach 50.

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