Smoke and fire rises over train cars as firefighters inspect the area after a train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded in the town of Lac-Megantic, 100 kilometres east of Sherbrooke, on Saturday, July 6, 2013. Photograph by: Dario Ayala, The Gazette

Bid for Lac Mégantic class-action suit begins in Sherbrooke

SHERBROOKE — With a small army of lawyers and legal aides at the ready, arguments on whether to authorize one of the largest class-action suits in Canadian history on behalf of citizens of LacMégantic began in a crowded Sherbrooke courtroom Monday morning. Lawyers for the victims of the Lac-Mégantic train disaster accused the oil and rail companies named in the proposed lawsuit of causing the rail tragedy by cutting costs on safety, and said Transport Canada “totally dropped the ball when it came to enforcing their own regulations.”

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