Raymond Lafontaine, who lost his son and two daughters-in-law when a runaway oil train killed 50 people in a fiery explosion in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, talks Thursday with Quebec Premier Pauline Marois.
Firefighters work amid the smoldering remains of Lac-Megantic, Quebec, on July 7 after the runaway train cars at left derailed and devastated the small town with fiery explosions, killing 50 residents.
Cleanup crews work last Tuesday at the derailment site. The tankers were filled with shale oil. The 50 dead in a town of 6,000 residents represents nearly 1 percent of the population -- a rate that would verge on apocalyptic in a big city such as New York.