Former locomotive engineer quit MMA in 2007 for fear of accident
We have heard over the last week the chairman of the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway, Ed Burkhardt, defend his company's role in the Lac Megantic train disaster. Burkhardt has suggested that the accident was largely due to the negligence of his locomotive engineer, Tom Harding, in setting the handbrakes on the train. This morning we hear from someone who has a different view.
"Chris" is a former locomotive engineer who quit MMA in 2007 for fear an accident just such as this might happen. We've agreed to protect his identity because he still works in the rail industry, and fears he could be fired for speaking out. He spoke with our Daybreak colleague Steve Rukavina from his home in the United States.