Federal railroad officials to inspect Maine tracks

Federal railroad officials say they will be in Maine this week to inspect tracks belonging to the railroad involved in a runaway train that killed dozens of people and leveled much of a small Quebec town’s downtown. US Representatives Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree said Monday that the FRA will inspect the Montreal, Maine, and Atlantic Railways’ equipment, operations, and track in Maine using in-person inspections and a track inspection rail car. The inspections follow the July 6 derailment in Lac-Megantic about 10 miles from Maine. Michaud and Pingree say that oil shipments through Maine to an oil refinery in New Brunswick have skyrocketed in the past year and that Mainers need to know that the tracks on which the tank cars travel are safe.