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Rail chief blames employee in Quebec train crash

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LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec -

The president of a railway's parent company says an employee failed to properly set the brakes of the train that crashed in Quebec last weekend.

At least 15 people were killed when the runaway oil train crashed and exploded.

The president of the railway's owner made his comments during a visit to the lakeside town Wednesday. He said a train engineer has been suspended without pay.

In all, 60 people are either dead or are still missing from the train wreck. The runaway train sped downhill at 63 mph for nearly 7 miles before it derailed. At least five train cars exploded, destroying some 30 buildings.

Canadian authorities have opened a criminal investigation into the deadly derailment.

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