Adapted from The Vancouver Sun
A train crashed in Lac-Mégantic. It happened in July.
The train was hauling crude oil.
The train track ran through the middle of town.
The train slid off the track. It caught fire. It exploded.
The fire was very hot. Most of downtown burned.
Oil spilt into the lake and the river.
Forty-seven people died. Many more were injured. Many lost their homes.
The Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway owned the train.
The cost to clean up will be huge.
The company does not have enough money.
People without homes had to stay at the high school.
Friends and neighbors bought food, diapers, toys and clothes.
Lac-Mégantic was a beautiful little town in Quebec.
Everyone lost someone in the fire.
Residents of Lac-Mégantic are angry, frustrated and sad.
A house destroyed by the fire left only this TV.
The daisy symbolizes patience and simple beauty.
Now the town must clean up and re-build.
People must grieve. The town is quiet.
Thomas Argouin wrote a song about the tragedy.
The song is called “À ceux qui restent”.
In English this means “To those who remain.”
The song is for sale to raise money to help the town of Lac-Mégantic.
Listen to the song “À ceux qui restent” in the video below: