PORTLAND, Maine – A bankruptcy judge has indicated a willingness to set June 13 as the deadline for claims against a Maine-based railroad responsible for a derailment that killed 47 people last summer in Quebec.
Judge Louis Kornreich (KORN’-rysh) didn’t issue the order Wednesday, pending the outcome of a proceeding in Canada. But Michael Fagone, an attorney for the Chapter 11 trustee, said he expects the order will be signed next week.
Hermon-based Montreal, Maine and Atlantic filed for bankruptcy after the fiery derailment in July in Lac Megantic (lahk meh-GAHN’-teek), Quebec.
The railroad is being sold and will continue operations under a new name, Central Maine and Quebec Railway, after the deal closes next month. But the bankruptcy proceedings will continue in Maine and in Canada.