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Railway company chief says employee failed to properly set brakes in Quebec train crash

Smoke rises from railway cars that were carrying crude oil after derailing in downtown Lac Megantic, Quebec, Canada, Saturday, July 6, 2013. The derailment sparked several explosions and forced the evacuation of up to 1,000 people. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)
Smoke rises from railway cars that were carrying crude oil after derailing in downtown Lac Megantic, Quebec, Canada, Saturday, July 6, 2013. The derailment sparked several explosions and forced the evacuation of up to 1,000 people. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)
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Updated: 7/10/2013 3:46 pm
LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec (AP) -- The president and CEO of the railway's parent company says an employee failed to properly set the brakes of the train that crashed into a town in Quebec, killing at least 15 people.

Edward Burkhardt made the comments during a visit today to the town that was devastated by the runaway oil train four days ago.

He said, "It was questionable whether hand brakes were put I place at this time." Burkhardt added, "I don't think any employees removed brakes. They failed to set the brakes."

He said a train engineer has been suspended without pay.

Officials say 60 people are missing or dead in the aftermath of the train crash.
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