Emergency personnel attend to a VIA Rail passenger train that derailed in Burlington Ontario, February 26, 2012.
Credits: (REUTERS/Matthew Sherwood)
"I want to begin on behalf of all Ontarians to extend our sympathies and thoughts to those who are affected by this, the families of those who lost their lives, those who were injured," McGuinty said Monday.
"I want to also commend our first responders for their excellent response, moving as quickly as they could to protect life.
"It's going to be very important of course that we work together with the federal government to pursue whatever inquiries, investigations are necessary to ensure that we better understand what happened here, and make sure it's not repeated," he said.
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said her heart goes out to the friends and families of the VIA workers killed.
"As time goes by and we learn what happened, we will work to make sure that Ontarians can travel safely in our province," Horwath says in a statement Monday.
"Living along this rail corridor, I have taken trains on these lines, and have friends who travel by rail along these rail lines every day.
"What happened Sunday is something we won't soon forget."