Poor maintenance a factor in fatal Montreal tanker truck explosion: report

MONTREAL – Poorly maintained emergency brakes on a tanker truck are being called a key factor in a spectacular explosion in Montreal last summer that killed the driver of another vehicle.

A report by Quebec’s workers health and safety board says the tanker, which was owned by Bombardier Aerospace, stopped on an elevated highway last Aug. 9 when its emergency brakes were suddenly activated.

That led to a pileup involving three other trucks and one car.

Gilbert Prince died when his fuel-laden tanker rammed into a flatbed truck from behind and exploded.

The report is harshly critical of Bombardier because it says its vehicle had previously had similar brake problems.

Dramatic images of the accident were seen around the world.

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