Senator John Cornyn (R-TX):
"This is a senseless tragedy that has claimed the life of at least one Texas hero, and I know the entire state of Texas joins me in prayer and mourning for these victims. May God comfort the loved ones of those killed and bring healing to the injured."
Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX):
"Suzanne and I are deeply saddened by the events in Midland last night. Our heartfelt prayers are with the Heroes and their families who have been affected by this tragedy. I am comforted in knowing that the citizens of Midland and all of their neighbors are waiting with open arms to care for injured and grieve with those who lost loved ones.
"I have offered my support to Mayor Perry, Judge Bradford, and all of the first responders, and my office stands ready to assist them in obtaining any resources that they need.
"I would ask, as so many other already have, that we continue to pull together as a community to help and support one another. Please keep our Heroes, their families, Terry Johnson, and the entire Hunt for Heroes organization in your prayers today and in the coming weeks ahead."
Texas Attorney General
"Texans and Americans unite in mourning for the military veterans who sacrificed for their country, but lost their lives in a tragic accident in Midland. Their legacy will be celebrated for leaving our country a better place, and for their enduring commitment to lift up the values that have kept America exceptional. I urge Texans to open their thoughts and prayers to the families of the four men who lost their lives and to those who were injured in this horrible tragedy."
Texas Governor Rick Perry:
"The tragedy of yesterday's train incident transcends the community who gathered to honor those who have given so much in service to their country. Their collective grief is being shared by Americans across this country as we mourn those who were lost. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families, and our hearts remain with the community as they began to heal."
"Laura and I mourn the tragic loss of Sgt. Major Gary Stouffer, USA; Sgt. Major Lawrence Boivin, USA; Sgt. Joshua Michael, USA, and Sgt. William Lubbers, USA. We send our heartfelt sympathy and love to their families and the people of Midland. We join with the many in this community and across the country who are praying for the recovery of those who suffered injuries and for the peace and strength of the victims' loved ones."
George W. Bush: