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Published July 10, 2013, 02:46 PM

Rail chief blames employee in Quebec train crash

The president and CEO of the railway's parent company says an employee failed to properly set the brakes of the train that crashed into a town in Quebec, killing at least 15 people.

LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec — The president and CEO of the railway's parent company says an employee failed to properly set the brakes of the train that crashed into a town in Quebec, killing at least 15 people.

Edward Burkhardt made the comments during a visit Wednesday to the town that was devastated by the runaway oil train four days ago.

"It was questionable whether hand brakes were put in place at this time," Burkhardt said. "I don't think any employees removed brakes. They failed to set the brakes."

He said a train engineer has been suspended without pay.

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