Here we have the point of view of René Jobin who has been a photo journalist at spiq.ca for nearly 10 years of the immensely devastating Lac-Mégantic train derailment explosions that occured Saturday July 6th 2013. He described the area and chaos as the worst he has ever seen in his entire line of work. The amount of destruction is almost unbelievable. Take a look for yourselves Montreal because this is truly a sight to see.
A disappointing amount for such a massive human tragedy.
The 25 companies that are being held responsible for the 2013 Lac-Mégantic railway crash, which killed 47 people, have finally come to a settlement of $431.5 million dollars. The majority of that money, however, is not actually going to the families of the victims, or the victims themselves, but rather to creditors, lawyers and the government of Quebec.
The payout stipulates that roughly a quarter of the money, about $111 million, will be given to the families of the 47 victims. Nearly $200 million will be allotted to the government of Quebec and the town of Lac-Mégantic for cleanup and repair costs. And about $21 million is set aside for lawyers fees. All of the remaining money is reserved for other claims, like psychological and material damages from the train crash.
When you divide it up, that's only about $2 million per family of each of the 47 victims, which is still a significant amount of money, but personally, I would have thought that they'd get a larger portion of that pay out.
The terms of the payment state that all companies that have contributed are released from any legal liability for the crash in Canada and the US.
Very very sexy Korean gymnast Shin Soo-ji was asked to throw the first pitch at a Korean League Baseball game which was between Doosan Bears and Samsung Lions this past Friday in Seoul. It was on such another level of hot that the population are already giving it the title of the greatest first pitch ever. Listen to the crowd after the pitch, its priceless.
The Most Graphic Pictures From The Lac-Mégantic Deadly Explosion. (mtlblog)
BOSTON —Two explosions shattered the finish of the Boston Marathon on Monday, sending authorities out on the course to carry away the injured while stragglers in the 42.195-kilometre race were rerouted away from the smoking site.
Competitors and race volunteers were crying as they fled the chaos. Bloody spectators were being carried to the medical tent that had been set up to care for fatigued runners.
"There are a lot of people down," said one man, whose bib No. 17528 identified him as Frank Deruyter of North Carolina. He was not injured, but marathon workers were carrying one woman, who did not appear to be a runner, to the medical area as blood gushed from her leg. A Boston police officer was wheeled from the course with a leg injury that was bleeding.
Neither race officials nor public officials could immediately estimate the number or degree of injuries.
About three hours after the winners crossed the line, there was a loud explosion on the north side of Boylston Street, just before the photo bridge that marks the finish line. Another explosion could be heard a few seconds later.
Smoke rose from the blasts, fluttering through the national flags lining the route of the world's oldest and most prestigious marathon. TV helicopter footage showed blood staining the pavement in the popular shopping and tourist area known as the Back Bay.
"There are people who are really, really bloody," said Laura McLean, a runner from Toronto, who was in the medical tent being treated for dehydration when she was pulled out to make room for victims of the explosions. "They were pulling them into the medical tent."
Cherie Falgoust was waiting for her husband, who was running the race.
"I was expecting my husband any minute," she said. "I don't know what this building is ... it just blew. Just a big bomb, a loud boom, and then glass everywhere. Something hit my head. I don't know what it was. I just ducked."
Runners who had not finished the race were diverted straight down Commonwealth Avenue and into a family meeting area, according to an emergency plan that had been in place.