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Lac-Megantic tragedy: Crown says there will be no trial against bankrupt railway

Smoke rises from railway cars that were carrying crude oil after derailing in downtown Lac-Mégantic, Que., Saturday, July 6, 2013. The railway at the heart of the Lac-Megantic tragedy five years ago will not stand trial. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

The railway at the heart of the Lac-Megantic tragedy five years ago will not have to stand trial.

Crown officials in Quebec said today they were not convinced they could obtain a guilty verdict against the now-bankrupt Montreal Maine and Atlantic Railway.

They say one of the reasons for believing that is the acquittal in January of three former railway employees who were charged with criminal negligence causing the death of 47 people in the tragedy.

The railway was facing the same charge.

An unattended train carrying crude oil rolled down an incline before coming off the tracks in Lac-Megantic and exploding in the wee hours of July 6, 2013, killing the 47 people.