Driver and owner of train in Lac-Mégantic disaster added to class action lawsuit

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A Quebec Superior Court judge is allowing changes to the class action lawsuit in the 2013 Lac-Mégantic disaster.

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Justice Martin Bureau ruled Monday the conductor as well as the owner of the runaway train that exploded and killed 47 people have been added as respondents.

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Driver Thomas Harding, Montreal Maine and Atlantic Canada Co., and Canadian Pacific Railway are now the three official respondents in the class action.

Wrecked oil tankers and debris from a runaway train in Lac-Mégantic, Que. are pictured July 8, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ho, SQ
Smoke rises from railway cars that were carrying crude oil after derailing in Lac Mégantic, Que., July 6, 2013. The Quebec town that was devastated in 2013 when a runaway train derailed and exploded, killing 47 people, will not pursue legal action against Canadian Pacific Railway. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
In this July 9, 2013 file photo, workers comb through debris after a train derailed causing explosions of railway cars carrying crude oil in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec. A government watchdog says federal regulators are failing to refer serious safety violations involving freight rail shipments of crude oil for criminal prosecution. Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP, File
The downtown core lays in ruins as firefighters continue to water the smoldering rubble, Sunday, July 7, 2013 in Lac-Mégantic, Que. after a train derailed igniting tanker cars carrying crude oil. Transport Canada has approved rules intended to reduce the risk of runaway trains in response to recommendations by the Transportation Safety Board following the deadly derailment in Lac-Mégantic, Que. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Former Montreal Maine and Atlantic Railway Ltd. employees Tom Harding, right, Jean Demaitre, centre, and Richard Labrie are escorted by police to appear in court in Lac-Mégantic, Que., on Tuesday, May 13, 2014. The lawyer for the Harding, the train driver charged in the deadly Lac-Mégantic disaster, says Crown prosecutors are seeking to prevent his client from having a preliminary inquiry. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
This Feb. 16, 2015 photo provided by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada shows a ruptured tank car on fire after a crude oil train derailment south of south of Timmins, Ontario. An investigation into the recent derailment in Ontario of a freight train carrying crude oil suggests new safety standards introduced after the Lac-Mégantic, Que., tragedy are inadequate, Canada's transport investigator said Monday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Transportation Safety Board of Canada
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Quebec police investigating the Lac-Mégantic train disaster say they've visited the United States four times to seize documents and to interview witnesses - including railway chairman Ed Burkhardt. Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press
Firefighters from all over the province, and as far away as Maine, gather for a memorial mass in Lac-Mégantic on July 6, 2014. Billy Shields/Global News

About 25 other companies and individuals were once accused in the suit but have settled with victims and creditors.

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Harding’s lawyer was not immediately available for comment, while the Montreal Maine and Atlantic Canada Co. is in bankruptcy protection and no longer has employees or assets.

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Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP) denies involvement in the crash and is also facing a $409-million lawsuit brought forth by the Quebec government related to the derailment.