In the summer of 2013, the town of Lac-Mégantic Quebec was struck by tragedy when a sudden train derailment killed 47 people. The incident was heavily covered by local Quebec and also national Canadian media. Haunting images of the event are forever stamped in the national memory.
But according to a recent report by Le Jounal De Montreal, footage of the tragedy recently resurfaced in an unexpected and inappropriate way. Radio-Canada reporters spotted archive images being used to illustrate a fictional nuclear explosion in England for an episode of a science fiction series called Travelers.
TL;DR Archive footage of the tragic Lac-Mégantic accident of 2013 was spotted by Radio-Canada being used to illustrate a fictional explosion in an episode of science fiction series called Travelers. The Toronto-based production company behind the show, Peacock Alley Entertainment, has made a statement apologizing for the mistake.
News has spread quickly of this oversight, which was obviously met with disapproval and disappointment among the people of Lac-Mégantic.
The Toronto-based production company behind the show, Peacock Alley Entertainment, has made a statement apologizing for the mistake.
The production company admits the footage was purchased from an archival provider, and they had no idea where the pictures came from.
The also committed to providing Netflix with an updated version of the episode where the images of the tragic accident will be removed. Checking the 9th episode of season 3, I can confirm that the clip has already been removed.
They mayor of Lac-Mégantic says she is happy with the quick response and reaction, but is adamant that these types of issues should be reported right away, saying that it's disrespectful to bereaved families.
The show currently has three seasons available, the first two were aired on Showcase, before the show got picked up by Netflix for its third season.