The Tom Harding Defense Website was created to assist Tom Harding - the locomotive engineer at the center of the July 6,2013 LacMegantic Quebec derailment - with legal fees that have been incurred since his arrest on May 12 2014. He was freed on $15,000 bail. Tom faces 47 counts of criminal negligence causing death, one count for each person who was killed when a runnaway train derailed and exploded in the center of LacMegantic destroying the town center. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted.
Last June 22 a Quebec judge rejucted a motion by Toms laywer to throw the case out of court because of a series of abuses by the Quebec prosecutor, including the cancelling of the normal preliminary hearing to decide weather there is a basis to proceed to a trial.
At a September 13 hearing in Sherbrooke the trial date was set for Setember 11 2017. The location of the trial to be determined at the pre trial hearing in Sherbrooke November 29 2016.
Please help Tom by making a donation to this fund. Any amount would be greatly appreciated.
If you wish to send a check, please send it to:
Tom Harding Defense Fund
1817 Columbia Turnpike
Castleton New York 12033
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The Tom Harding Defense Fund is a website inspired by a former coworker at Canadian Pacific Railway and created by railroad employees in the Albany, NY area.