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In July 2013, a runaway train with more than 7 million litres of volatile crude oil crashed in a small Quebec town – leaving part of Lac-Mégantic incinerated and 47 people dead.

More than four years later, the families of the victims have found that justice has been derailed.

Last week, after nine days of deliberations, jurors acquitted the three former employees of the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic (MMA) charged with criminal negligence causing death in the rail disaster.

Many town residents did not blame the employees, instead pointing the finger at those much higher up the corporate ladder -- to American businessman Edward Burkhardt, who ran the now defunct railway. Burkhardt had once been named "Railroader of the Year" by an industry that has been criticized by some for lax safety standards.

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