Quebec Train Derailment Brings Hardship to Brownville, Maine
BROWNVILLE, Maine (AP) — A central Maine town that's a hub for a railroad whose runaway oil train derailment killed 47 people in a small Quebec town is feeling the fallout from the accident.
Brownville's normally a noisy place with workers shifting railroad cars around a network of tracks in town. But the accident that brought tragedy to Lac-Megantic, Quebec, is bringing economic hardship to Brownville.
Lac-Megantic and Brownville are connected by the rail line operated by the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway, which is under investigation for the July 6 accident.
Since the accident, the railroad has laid off 67 workers in Maine, 47 of whom live around Brownville and nearby Milo.
Resident Richard Monahan tells the Maine Sunday Telegram the railroad is the only thing the town has going for it.