Canadian agency: Oil in Lac-Megantic accident more volatile than classified

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OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) - A Canadian agency says oil that was aboard a train that crashed and set off deadly explosions in a small Quebec town was improperly classified.

The Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday that the oil aboard the Maine-based Montreal, Maine and Atlantic train that crashed July 6 in Lac-Megantic was as volatile as gasoline, but was classified in documents as being less volatile. Officials say the lower flash point for the oil explains in part why it ignited so quickly when tank cars were breached.

The board said it is calling on regulators to review the procedures to ensure that dangerous goods are accurately documented for safe transportation.

The unmanned Montreal, Maine and Atlantic train that crashed and exploded killed 47 people and destroyed a large portion of the downtown area.

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