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14-member jury for Lac-Megantic train derailment trial to be selected

The downtown core lays in ruins as firefighters continue to water the smoldering rubble, Sunday, July 7, 2013 in Lac-M├ęgantic, Que. after a train derailed igniting tanker cars carrying crude oil. Transport Canada has approved rules intended to reduce the risk of runaway trains in response to recommendations by the Transportation Safety Board following the deadly derailment in Lac-Megantic, Que. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

MONTREAL – The final step of jury selection begins today for the trial of those accused in the 2013 Lac-Megantic train derailment that killed 47 people and destroyed part of the town.

Three former railway employees, train driver Thomas Harding, traffic controller Richard Labrie and manager of train operations Jean Demaitre, each face one charge of criminal negligence causing the death of 47 people.

Thomas Walsh, one of the defence lawyers, says he expects the 14-member jury to be formed by Friday afternoon.

He says the trial should begin Monday.

The Crown has signalled it will call 24 civilian and 11 police witnesses, and one expert witness in a trial that is expected to last until December.

All three accused have pleaded not guilty.