The Lac-Megantic, Quebec, derailment disaster that killed 47 people occurred after a single engineer parked his train for the night on a main line uphill from Lac-Megantic. The train of oil tankers carrying Bakken started rolling and eventually derailed, exploding into balls of fire and flattening the center of the town.
Explosive questions: Study of oil from deadly Quebec derailment points to Bakken crude's volatility
WILLISTON, N.D. – Last July 6, a train carrying crude oil from North Dakota to a refinery in eastern Canada was left parked on a hillside in Quebec. It rolled backward down the hill, derailing and crashing into a small town, with railcars bursting into flames, killing 47 people.
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