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BANGOR, Maine (AP) - The Maine-based railroad whose runaway train killed 47 people in Quebec has closed on a $3 million loan that will allow it to continue operations during bankruptcy.
With the loan in place, officials said Monday that all Montreal, Maine and Atlantic trains in the U.S. and Canada will be staffed by two-man crews, regardless of cargo.
The fire and explosions caused when an MMA oil train derailed in Lac-Megantic in July brought attention to the use of one-man crews to save money. The train with 72 oil tankers was left unattended by a solo crew member who was accused by the company of failing to set enough hand brakes.
Robert Keach, the railroad's trustee, said Monday that there are 18 potential suitors who've expressed interest in buying the bankrupt railroad.
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