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Lac-Mégantic engineer, 2 others won't face more charges

Three men charged in the Lac-Mégantic, Que., train disaster will find out in January when their preliminary hearing is scheduled to begin.

Engineer, controller, train operations manager each face 47 counts of criminal negligence causing death

Thomas Walsh, left, lawyer defending train conductor Tom Harding, claim that criminal charges against two men accused in the Lac-Mégantic tragedy should be dropped. (Paul Chiasson/CP)

Three men charged in the Lac-Mégantic, Que., train disaster will find out in January when their preliminary hearing is scheduled to begin.

A lawyer for one of the accused says the Crown handed over more evidence today and that further evidence will be available in December.

Tom Walsh tells The Canadian Press a date for a preliminary inquiry for his client, Tom Harding, and two other men will be set Jan. 15.

Harding was the engineer on the oil-laden train that derailed and exploded in Lac-Mégantic in July 2013, wiping out much of the downtown area and killing 47 people.

Harding, railway traffic controller Richard Labrie and Jean Demaître, the manager of train operations, each face 47 counts of criminal negligence causing death.

The Crown said today that no further charges are planned.

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