August 1, 2013 6:50 pm
Updated: August 1, 2013 8:28 pm

Transport Canada and RCMP raid MMA Railway offices in Farnham

The RCMP and Transport Canada raided the Farnham, Que., offices of Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway Thursday.

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FARNHAM, Que. – The RCMP and Transport Canada were at the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway offices in Farnham, Que. on Thursday afternoon.

An RCMP spokesperson told Global News that the investigation was being led by Transport Canada, who confirmed that an operation was underway.

“Transport Canada has obtained a warrant and is gathering evidence to determine if rules and regulations under the Railway Safety Act and the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act have been followed,” the agency said in an email to Global News.

Earlier on Thursday, the Transportation Safety Board’s chief investigator in the Lac-Megantic disaster was asked about MMA’s downgrading of the classification of fuel carried in the cars which caused the accident.

Apparently, some of the fire characteristics were not reflective of the fuel classification.

Watch: Questions raised over fuel classification in Lac-Megantic disaster

The railway offices were raided last week by Quebec provincial police.

Farnham, a town between Montreal and Lac-Megantic, is also the home of Tom Harding, the engineer of the runaway train that smashed into Lac-Megantic and killed an estimated 47 people.

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