Governor LePage to Visit Quebec Town Devastated by Train Crash

Catherine Pegram

Updated 1 year ago

Governor Paul LePage will visit the town in Quebec where a runaway train killed dozens of people and leveled much of the downtown.The governor will attend a memorial mass for the victims on Saturday in Lac-Megantic.Before the ceremony, he will meet with the mayor and other Canadian officials. The crash earlier this month happened when an unattended train carrying oil broke loose, derailed and ignited, killing 47 people. “There’s a whole lot of Mainers that have relatives in Canada. I bet there’s 40-50 percent of people in the state of Maine have French heritage in their families. And I think it’s just appropriate to go up and just express our sympathy for all the people who have died in this horrific tragedy.”The train was heading into Maine and has raised questions about the safety of transporting oil by rail.A Maine-Canada Trade official visited the town last week with a delegation from Franklin County to assess the town’s needs and provide support.


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