Train Derails Burlington

February 27, 2012 by staff 

Train Derails Burlington, Via Rail has confirmed that three of its employees, all in the locomotive section, died in a train derailment in the southern Ontario city of Burlington on Sunday afternoon.

“There’s no question it’s very tragic. We’re a relatively small company, we’re a family, we know everyone by name,” said Via chief operating officer John Marginson, speaking to reporters at the scene.

“We certainly feel for the families of the colleagues that we lost,” said Marginson, who added that there was no fuel leak at the site. The derailment involved five cars as well as the locomotive.

“It’s very premature to speculate but obviously something went very wrong,” he said.

One of the engineers who died was a trainee. A fourth Via employee was injured in the derailment.

Halton police Chief Gary Crowell said the bodies of the dead were removed from the train at about 8 p.m. ET.

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