LAC-MEGANTIC, QUE.—A commemorative church service was held in Lac-Mégantic on Friday to mark the five-year-anniversary of the train derailment that killed 47 people and destroyed part of downtown.
Church bells rang out later to remember the victims who lost their lives on July 6, 2013, after a runaway train hauling tanker cars loaded with volatile crude oil barrelled into the town of 6,000, derailed and exploded.
The service was part of a series of events being held through Sunday to commemorate the tragedy.
The town has been slowly rebuilding since the derailment, but many in the area still suffer from post-traumatic stress, according to a 2017 government study.
Citizens say some of their stress will be alleviated now that the federal and provincial governments have agreed to fund a 12.8-kilometre bypass track that will take rail traffic away from the downtown area, hopefully by 2022.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement offering support to citizens marking the grim anniversary of the deadliest rail disaster in modern Canadian history.
“Today, we remember the victims, and our thoughts go out to all those whose lives were forever changed,” Trudeau said.
“The tragedy left scars that cannot be erased — but in the weeks, months, and years that followed, Lac-Mégantic became a symbol of hope, determination, and solidarity. Today, the people of Lac-Mégantic continue to show resilience and courage as they rebuild their community.”
Source : TheStar