- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A lawyer for 41 of the 47 people killed in Canada when an oil train derailed says he’s going to sue a Canadian railroad that declined to participate in the settlement fund.

Canadian Pacific said it’s not responsible for the disaster in July 2013 in Lac Megantic, Quebec, and puts the blame squarely on the railroad whose runaway train derailed.

But Peter Flowers of Chicago said Tuesday that Canadian Pacific knew the crude oil was unstable before handing it off to an “incompetent” railroad. He’s suing in Illinois.

Canadian Pacific declined to contribute to a settlement fund for victims. Bankruptcy judges in the U.S. and Canada have signed off on the settlement, which is valued at $338 million in U.S. dollars, or $446 million in Canadian currency.

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