July 12 - Quebec premier says behavior of rail boss and company 'deplorable' in the aftermath of train crash. Paul Chapman reports.
The railway company and its boss whose runaway train brought death and destruction to the heart of a small Canadian town is under attack for not getting to the scene sooner. Up to 60 people are feared to have died when the driverless train with 72 tankers of crude oil derailed and exploded in a fireball in Lac-Megantic on Saturday. Montreal , Maine and Atlantic Railway company President Ed Burkhardt visited the town on Wednesday to apologise. Quebec's premier says it's too little too late. (SOUNDBITE)(English) QUEBEC PREMIER PAULINE MAROIS SAYING: "I already commented on his behaviour and the behaviour of the company and it was deplorable. To my mind the leader of that firm should have been on the spot right at the beginning of this tragic accident. It seems to me that went without saying. He should have been there to better communicate with the population - they have many questions to ask - and also with the municipal authorities, they have all kinds of questions."" More than 200 investigators are working round the clock sifting through the wreckage of what authorities say is a crime scene. The Quebec government is making 58 million U.S. dollars worth of aid available to those affected by the accident. All but 200 of the 2, 000 residents fled their homes as the fires burned have now returned.