Marching for rail safety in Lac-Megantic

Staff Writer

More than 1,000 people answered the call from the Coalition of citizens and organizations committed to safe railway in Lac-Mégantic and the Rassemblement vigilance hydrocarbures Québec (RVHQ) on Sunday in a march to demand better railway safety in Lac-Mégantic.
Demonstrators from across Quebec and the United States accepted the invitation by the organizers, and came from as far away as Philadelphia, Washington, and many regions of Quebec, including Saint-Hyacinthe, Saint-Hilaire, Sainte-Agathe-de-Lotbinière, and the Montreal South Shore, to name a few.
The organizers are calling for the immediate cessation of hazardous materials transport, until the railway is repaired, the continuation of the railway link to the town’s industrial park is built, and the rapid construction of a railway bypass be completed within a maximum of two years.
Also present were Green Party Deputy Leader Daniel Green, and Thomas Walsh, attorney for Rom Harding, the train engineer Tom Harding, who faces several criminal charges as a result of the fateful accident of July 6, 2013.

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