National Post

Before and after photos show how train explosion flattened Lac-Megantic’s bustling downtown coreIt was once Lac-Megantic’s bustling downtown core, where the 6,000 residents of the village 250 kilometres east of Montreal bought their groceries, hired library books and filled local bars and cafes.But today the town’s historic centre, developed around the railroad tracks, which run adjacent to the U.S. border, lies in ruins, with grieving townsfolk still barred from returning to their homes.

Before and after photos show how train explosion flattened Lac-Megantic’s bustling downtown core
It was once Lac-Megantic’s bustling downtown core, where the 6,000 residents of the village 250 kilometres east of Montreal bought their groceries, hired library books and filled local bars and cafes.

But today the town’s historic centre, developed around the railroad tracks, which run adjacent to the U.S. border, lies in ruins, with grieving townsfolk still barred from returning to their homes.

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