January 12, 2018 12:49 pm
Updated: January 12, 2018 5:41 pm

Jurors in Lac-Mégantic railway trial begin Day 2 of deliberations

WATCH: Deliberations are underway in the Lac-Mégantic rail disaster trial. As Global's Billy Shields reports, the three accused face charges of criminal negligence causing the deaths of 47 people.

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Jurors have begun a second day of deliberations at the trial of three men charged in the Lac-Mégantic railway disaster.

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They are debating the fates of Tom Harding, Richard Labrie and Jean Demaitre, ex-railway employees who are charged with criminal negligence in the tragedy that killed 47 people in July 2013 when a runaway train carrying crude derailed and exploded.

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They have pleaded not guilty.

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Harding was the train’s engineer, Labrie the traffic controller and Demaitre the manager of train operations.

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The Crown contends Harding failed to perform a proper brake test and didn’t apply enough handbrakes after he parked the 73-wagon convoy on July 5, 2013.

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Labrie and Demaitre are accused of failing to ask enough questions to ensure the train was properly secure after a fire broke out on the locomotive and firefighters shut off its engine, compromising the braking system.

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The trial began Oct. 2.

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