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07-07-2013, 09:50 PM
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Terrible scene. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families who have lost loved ones.

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This is a huge tragedy

Considering the fact almost 40 people are not accounted for, a lot of questions are left unanswered as to what caused this massive explosion.

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07-08-2013, 02:26 AM
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Looks pretty scary, wish the best to everybody afected

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Seems like been a lot lately....Train derailment in Quebec, Firemen in Arizona, Floods in Alberta, plane crash in California

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Stay strong, Lac Mégantic.

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Went through this town last year on my drive back from out East and it was like going back in time. So doesn't deserve a tragedy like this.

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Not a problem. You guys were with us during the Boston Marathon attack, we're with you during this tragedy.
Very classy...thanks

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Thoughts and prayers go out those folks and families affected by this tragedy.

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Very sad - my prayer's and condolences for the family's - we have train's that go right by our local little store and post office with several homes near by but its a flat area .

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07-08-2013, 12:41 PM
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Sad but I can't help but think about the ''dumbness'' of the human. This would've never happened if people weren't so freaking dumb and if the world wasn't run by money.

We need a serious reality check.

Hope for one it one day or things like this will happen time and time again.

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This story gets stranger by the minute. Apparently there was a fire on board the unmanned train about 2 hours before the explosion in a town about 12 kilometers away.Firefighters were called to the scene and extinguished it, but two hours later the unmanned runaway train full of fuel barrels down the hill in the middle of town going 60 kms/hr or so and de-rails. Trains going through the town are not allowed to go more than 15km/hr because of the curve at the bottom of hill that goes right through downtown.

All kinds of questions are up in the air as to where the crew were at the time, why the brakes were not applied and if they were what happened to them.

This is the type of stuff you see in a Hollywood movie.

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07-08-2013, 01:18 PM
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This story gets stranger by the minute. Apparently there was a fire on board the unmanned train about 2 hours before the explosion in a town about 12 kilometers away.Firefighters were called to the scene and extinguished it, but two hours later the unmanned runaway train full of fuel barrels down the hill in the middle of town going 60 kms/hr or so and de-rails. Trains going through the town are not allowed to go more than 15km/hr because of the curve at the bottom of hill that goes right through downtown.

All kinds of questions are up in the air as to where the crew were at the time, why the brakes were not applied and if they were what happened to them.

This is the type of stuff you see in a Hollywood movie.
They said the train had pneumatic brakes... I'm not sure how those function on trains, but from the info I gathered the firemen stopped the train's engine to put down the fire, shutting down the air supply to the brakes, so once there was no air in the system there wasn't any brake to stop the train.

It surprises me as pneumatic systems on 18 wheelers are made especially so that once the air goes out of the system the parking/emergency brakes are activated by a mechanical system.

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They said the train had pneumatic brakes... I'm not sure how those function on trains, but from the info I gathered the firemen stopped the train's engine to put down the fire, shutting down the air supply to the brakes, so once there was no air in the system there wasn't any brake to stop the train.

It surprises me as pneumatic systems on 18 wheelers are made especially so that once the air goes out of the system the parking/emergency brakes are activated by a mechanical system.
That's interesting, thanks for filling me in on this. It just seems to get stranger and stranger by the minute.

I also understood that the actual locomotive part had detached from the rest of the train and just kept going down the tracks to stop many km's later where they were able to retrieve the "black box", similar to what they have on aircraft to help understand what went wrong.

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These pictures.... appocaliptic

http://imgur.com/gallery/24mFl

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That is one freaking nice picture.

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That is one freaking nice picture.
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These pictures.... appocaliptic

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Now up to 13 confirmed deaths, stay strong Lac-Mégantic we're with you.

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Now up to 13 confirmed deaths, stay strong Lac-Mégantic we're with you.
Sadly going to be much more than that. I can imagine the bar being full at 1 am on a hot week-end. People outside the bar barely got away alive... can only assume all of those inside died.

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Sadly going to be much more than that. I can imagine the bar being full at 1 am on a hot week-end. People outside the bar barely got away alive... can only assume all of those inside died.
It is only Lac-Mégantic, though, fortunately. Hopefully there wasnt more people inside than the 50ish persons missing.

Only 40 min away from where I live. Had a phone call saturday morning at 6 to go cover it for the local newspaper. It was a terrible sight. Devastated landscape.

Prayers. Stay strong Lac-Mégantic.

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07-08-2013, 05:18 PM
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It happened 2 days ago and I'm still feeling sick about it. With the latest update it's 13 deaths + 37 missing. They asked people to bring combs and hair brush to get DNA samples for identification. I can't believe the pain these persons went through, this explosion with burning oil... omg...

I hope Lac-Mégantic will destroy these rails in their city. Many of them won't want to see another train for the rest of their life.

Qu'ils reposent en paix.

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They said the train had pneumatic brakes... I'm not sure how those function on trains, but from the info I gathered the firemen stopped the train's engine to put down the fire, shutting down the air supply to the brakes, so once there was no air in the system there wasn't any brake to stop the train.

It surprises me as pneumatic systems on 18 wheelers are made especially so that once the air goes out of the system the parking/emergency brakes are activated by a mechanical system.
I don't understand why they didn't apply a sufficient amount of handbrakes to prevent the train from moving, either the train crew or the fire crew and why the train crew wasn't brought in to look at things once the fire was out.
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That's interesting, thanks for filling me in on this. It just seems to get stranger and stranger by the minute.

I also understood that the actual locomotive part had detached from the rest of the train and just kept going down the tracks to stop many km's later where they were able to retrieve the "black box", similar to what they have on aircraft to help understand what went wrong.
The engine unit would be heavier, have better tolerances on the wheels plus a lower centre of gravity which would help it stay on the tracks. Once liquid in a tanker starts to slosh around it makes the car much more likely to derail.

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It seems the news for this tragedy just keeps getting worse and worse. Unbelievable that something like this happened. I feel so bad for the people who have lost loved ones. My thoughts are with everyone who are affected by this terrible tragedy.

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Makes no sense why any train would be unmanned. I mean the unemployment rate not being 0% means you can pay somebody to sit in the train and drive it. They are saying some people may have been 'vaporized'. Insane. Looks like a nice small town where people live to get away from nonsense like this.

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