A VIA Rail passenger train derailed yesterday, west of Toronto, killing three railroad employees and injuring tens of passengers.

The train, en route from Niagara Falls to Toronto, that was involved in an accident at approximately 3:30pm local time in Burlington, Ontario.

There were 75 passengers and five crew members on board the train at the time of the accident.

There were numerous injuries to passengers and three fatalities, all VIA crew members who were in the locomotive at the time of the accident

“This was truly a tragic accident.  All of us at VIA send our thoughts and prayers to the family members of our employees who lost their lives today, and to those passengers who were injured,” said Marc Laliberté, VIA’s president and chief executive officer.

“We have already begun to investigate the accident in order to determine the cause or causes, and will leave no stone unturned.

“We will be working in concert with local authorities and CN, the track owner, and we will of course be offering our full collaboration to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada in its inquiry.”