Many teens in Lac Meganic troubled, five years after deadly rail disaster

A study of the mental health of young people who lived through the Lac Megantic disaster shows many are suffering distressing after-effects.  

It was five years ago that a freight train carrying oil derailed in the heart of the town and blew up, killing 47 people and sparking a devastating fire that burned blocks of buildings.  

Today, 39% of Lac Megantic's teenagers report having suicidal thoughts.  That's twice the rate seen in other parts of Quebec.  

Sadness, anxiety and anger are common, as are panic attacks.

As the Journal de Montreal reports, even 15% of elementary school students have had dark thoughts.  

Young adults - particularly men - are also showing an elevated rate of difficulty in dealing with their memories of the disaster.