On July 6, 2013, a runaway train hauling tanker cars full of oil barreled into Lac Megantic. Tanks exploded, and rivers of oil caught fire, killing 47 people.
LAC-MÉGANTIC, QC — July 6, 2023, marks a somber 10-year anniversary for the Quebec city of Lac Megantic. In 2013, a runaway train carrying 2 million gallons of crude oil derailed and crashed at the top of a hill above downtown.
Explosions, fire, and rivers of oil that seeped into sewer systems underground not only destroyed infrastructure but killed 47 people either sleeping or wrapping up their night at a bar called the Musi-Cafe.
Just 30 minutes over the Maine border and sitting on Lake Megantic, the city had long been a destination spot for visitors from Maine. It’s even the sister city to the town of Rangeley.
We spoke with firefighters who crossed the border to assist Canadian crews as oil …