I am reposting my series on The Turcot Train Tragedy as it approaches the second anniversary of that horrible event. Alas, with no government accountability. Installment 9.

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In installment 9 of The Turcot Train Tragedy, the investigation asks whether alcohol played a role in the deaths of three teenagers killed by a VIA Rail train on Oct. 31, 2010 in the Turcot area of Montreal?

by Jack Locke

“Did the SPVM conduct drug and alcohol tests on the drivers of the VIA Rail train involved in the deaths of three young men on Oct. 31?” I asked Montreal Police Service media officer Raphael Bergeron by email.

It was not a pleasant question for me to ask. Maybe, not a question Bergeron was permitted to answer?

First, if the police did not fully determine the locomotive engineer’s status in relation to these substances, it would appear to me to be an improper investigation. Similarly, by not testing the engineer, the engineer may not gain the benefit from having proof of his state at the time of the incident.

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