Netflix promises to remove real-life rail tragedy clips from 'Bird Box'

Esequiel Farfan
Marcha 15, 2019

While we never saw the monsters in the Netflix horror flick Bird Box, some controversial footage that was shown has been removed from the film.

The stock footage used concerns a 2013 tragedy in the Québec town of Lac-Mégantic when an unattended train carrying crude oil rolled down an incline, came off the tracks and exploded, killing 47 people. "We're sorry for any pain caused to the Lac-Megantic community", Netflix said in a statement to TheWrap, adding that it would remove the footage in question.

But in a statement to TheWrap on Thursday, Netflix confirmed that both it and the makers of Bird Boxhave made a decision to replace the clip.

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It later emerged that the same footage also featured in another Netflix show, Travelers, a Canadian-American sci-fi series, from which it was quickly removed.

"The move was expected by respect for the victims of this frightful tragedy, their families and the entire community of Lac-Mégantic", said Nathalie Roy, Quebec's minister of culture and communications. In a tweet, which you can check out below, Roy said that "the move was expected by respect for the victims of this disgusting tragedy, their families and the entire community of Lac-Mégantic".

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