By Peter N Henderson
(Reuters) – The engineer of the runaway train that exploded in a small Quebec town, killing 50 people, is a witness rather than a suspect in the investigation of the disaster, and is devastated by what happened, his lawyer told Reuters on Tuesday.
Lawyer Thomas Walsh said the engineer, Tom Harding, has spent 10 hours talking to police, and three or four talking to investigators at the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, who are probing the causes of the July 6 calamity in the town of Lac-Megantic, North America’s deadliest rail accident in more than 20 years.
SAN FRANCISCO, July 7 (Reuters) – In the end, it was an easy
exit from the plane. The tail was gone, and the landing gear had
been ripped off during the crash.
Wen Zhang, seated near the back of Asiana Airlines flight
214 from Seoul, waited until the plane slid to a stop. Then she
gathered up her crying 4-year-old son, picked up her carry-on
bag and stepped out into the San Francisco sunshine.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A navigation system that helps pilots make safe descents was turned off at San Francisco airport on Saturday when a South Korean airliner crashed and burned after undershooting the runway, officials said.
The system, called Glide Path, is meant to help planes land in bad weather. It was clear and sunny, with light winds, when Asiana Flight 214 from Seoul, South Korea crashed just before noon, killing two passengers and injuring more than 100.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Workers at the San Francisco Bay Area’s commuter rail system went on strike on Monday, creating gridlock on highways leading into the city and headaches for thousands of people trying to get to work.
Commuters stood in long lines waiting for specially scheduled buses outside locked train stations in the East Bay, while others cued up at “casual carpool” spots, where drivers and passengers regularly link up to ride into San Francisco.
TORONTO, June 26 (Reuters) – Canada is tightening the rules
for producing its popular icewine, a sweet dessert wine that is
only made in cold climates, to crack down on fraudsters who sell
mislabeled bottles that don’t make the grade.
In regulations published this week, the Canadian government
said any bottle labeled and sold as icewine must be made only
from grapes that have frozen on the vine.
TORONTO, June 26 (Reuters) – Canada’s heated housing market
and near-record personal debt is less of a risk than it was a
year ago, but the central bank is not letting down its guard
just yet, a Bank of Canada official signaled on Wednesday.
“We are seeing a moderation over the last year in both the
buildup of household indebtedness and also the related
imbalances in the housing market,” Bank of Canada Deputy
Governor Timothy Lane said in response to an audience question
following a speech in Toronto.