The runaway train hurtled into the centre of town shortly after midnight, with no one aboard to apply the brakes or sound a whistle to warn residents about the deadly cargo bearing down on them.

When it reached a tight curve, the freight train, going 105kph, derailed. Amid a deafening, horrific screech of rupturing metal, more than 1 million gallons of fuel spilled and exploded.

The blast incinerated most of downtown Lac-Mégantic, Quebec. In a community of just 5,600, 47 people were killed.

The scale of the disaster July 6, 2013, not only shocked and outraged Canada, but it also


Setting the stage for disaster: Deregulation

Avoid urban centres? Easier said than done

Improved technology, but unproven

To control a train, 2 is better than 1

Recurring runaways

A barren, devastated downtown