1 Dead After Train Carrying Republican Lawmakers Crashes Into Truck
No members of Congress were injured.
Republican members of Congress were on their way to a legislative retreat in West Virginia Wednesday when their train collided with a garbage truck, leaving one person dead and another seriously injured, according to reports.
Amtrak officials said the train hit the vehicle, which was on the tracks, at 11:20 a.m. in Crozet, Va., some 120 miles outside of Washington D.C., where the trip originated.
The driver of the truck was killed in the collision.
Reps. Roger Marshall of Kansas and Phil Roe of Tennessee, both doctors, administered CPR on the garbage truck driver, according to reports.
There were reportedly no serious injuries among members of congress or their respective staff. Two Amtrak crew members and three passengers were transported to UVA Medical Center in Charlottesville with minor injuries, according to Amtrak.
"The President has been fully briefed on the situation in Virginia and is receiving regular updates. There is one confirmed fatality and one serious injury," Sanders said.“Senior Administration officials are in regular contact with Amtrak and state and local authorities. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone that has been affected by this incident,” Sanders said.
Rep. Chuck Fleischmann told USA Today that he was on his way to the restroom when the train hit and he was thrown, suffering neck, back and foot injuries.
“I’m in a bit of shock right now,” Fleischmann told the paper after the crash. “I’m in a whole lot of pain and discomfort.
Several other Republican lawmakers on the train at the time of the crash have tweeted about the incident to let their followers know they are safe.
The lawmakers will continue traveling to the retreat by bus, reports said.
President Trump is scheduled to travel to West Virginia on Air Force One for the retreat Thursday.
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