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UPDATE: July 9, 2013
LAC-MEGANTIC, QUEBEC -- Thirteen people were confirmed dead and nearly 40 others were still missing in a catastrophe that raised questions about the safety of transporting oil by rail instead of pipeline. The Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway train broke loose early Saturday, speeding downhill nearly seven miles (11 kilometers) and jumping the tracks at 63 mph (101 kph) in Lac-Megantic, near the Maine border, investigators said. All but one of the 73 cars were carrying oil. At least five exploded.
Although officials are still investigating what may have caused the train to derail, investigators have been eyeing faulty brakes and failed tankers.
The blasts forced about a third of the town's 6,000 residents from their homes, destroyed about 30 buildings, including a public library and Musi-Cafe, a bar filled with revelers. Much of the area where the bar once stood was burned to the ground. Burned-out car frames dotted the landscape.
If you have questions or concerns about this derailment, explosion, loss of life, and evacuation, contact the Bryant Law Center in Paducah, Ky. Our firm has represented hundreds of train derailment victims across the Midwest.
UPDATE: December 17, 2012
If you were impacted by the recent Paducah and Louisville Railway derailment in Hardin County as a renter or homeowner, and were forced to pay out of pocket expenses for temporary lodging, you lost income or missed work, had to buy additional medications or supplies, or had your property devalued or contaminated because of the recent Paducah and Louisville Railway derailment and hazardous chemical fire in Hardin County, the Bryant Law Center can discuss your questions and concerns. Our attorneys have investigated large derailments. They know the law. Before you sign any paperwork offered by the railroad, call us today to discuss your rights.
UPDATE: November 1, 2012
“The Bryant Law Center has represented victims in two Illinois derailments which forced hundreds of people from their homes. Our attorneys know toxic tort law. If you have been forced from your home because a train derailment released toxic, hazardous or explosive chemicals into the air or ground, and have questions or concerns, contact the Bryant Law Center. It is important that you carefully review any quick offers of reimbursement from the railroad because you may be waiving future rights to compensation before you know if you have been exposed to hazardous materials or if your property has been devalued. Understand your rights and contact the Bryant Law Center to discuss your situation. There is no fee unless we recover damages for you. Our phones are answered seven days a week.”