PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A company trustee says the bankrupt railroad whose runaway train sparked a fire and explosion that killed 47 people in Quebec is seeking financing to have two-person train crews in the U.S.
The trustee says Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway could be sold by the end of the year. The company says the sale is necessary to repay creditors and victims following the July 6 disaster.
Portland lawyer Robert J. Keach tells the Portland Press Herald the move to beef up the crews comes after criticism of the company's decision to keep one-person crews in the U.S. after the Quebec disaster.
Keach said the decision is not an admission that one-person crews are unsafe.
The company has blamed the train's operator for failing to set enough hand brakes.
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