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The July train disaster in the small Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic was North America’s deadliest rail accident in two decades.

On July 6, a train hauling tankers of crude oil derailed in the center of Lac-Mégantic, where it exploded, killing 47 people and decimating the downtown area. Following the accident, the Canadian government moved to shut down Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway (MMA), the company operating the runaway train, when MMA said it carried insufficient insurance coverage to pay for the cleanup costs.

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