Bird Box: Netflix removes controversial footage of real-life train crash

Brunilde Fioravanti
Marzo 15, 2019

Netflix has removed news reel footage of a 2013 rail disaster which features in the movie Bird Box, but only two months after complaints from viewers. Dozens of homes and buildings had to be demolished, as well.

"We're sorry for any pain caused to the Lac-Mégantic community", the streaming service said in a statement. A motion was even passed in Canada's House of Commons, asking the company to remove the images and pay the town compensation.

A spokesman for the company told The Canadian Press that "Netflix and the filmmakers of Bird Box have chose to replace the clip", adding they're "sorry for any pain caused to the Lac-Megantic community".

"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.

For her part, Lac-Megantic Mayor Julie Morin appears satisfied with the decision, telling The Canadian Press, "Yes, there was a delay, but I think in the end, what's more important for me, is that we have a solution to this situation we felt was important to settle".

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