1 dead in train-truck crash involving GOP members of Congress; no lawmakers injured
It appears the train collided with a dump truck, which may have been stuck on the tracks
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (FOX NEWS) -- One person is dead following the crash of an Amtrak train carrying GOP members of Congress to a retreat in West Virginia.
CNN reports that White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed the fatality and one serious injury. But no members of Congress were seriously injured.
It appears the train collided with a dump truck, which may have been stuck on the tracks. Some members of Congress were thrown from their seats, Fox News is told. But a GOP aide says no members of Congress are reportedly injured.
A GOP source said the accident took place near Charlottesville, Va. Members were on a special chartered Amtrak train.
Lawmakers like California Rep.Jeff Denham on the train flooded social media with images of the wrecked truck, as well as damage to the crumpled front of the train.
Rep. Roger Marshall, R-Kan. is a doctor who is helping treat the injured.
"We are on our way to our annual GOP retreat, the train carrying members and spouses hit something. Laina and I are ok, I am helping those that are injured, I will have Laina keep you updated as I know more," he tweeted.
We are on our way to our annual GOP retreat, the train carrying members and spouses hit something. Laina and I are ok, I am helping those that are injured, I will have Laina keep you updated as I know more.— Dr. Roger Marshall (@RogerMarshallMD) January 31, 2018
Kentucky 1st District Representative James Comer was on the train. He posted a tweet that there are injuries on the ground.
I’m on the train w/members of Congress that was just involved in a crash. I’m ok. Most members are ok but serious injuries on the ground.— James Comer (@KYComer) January 31, 2018
Rep. Comer later sent a photo to WDRB to show some of the debris left by the train tracks.
Ky. 4th District Representative Thomas Massie tweeted a photo of the Capitol before the trip saying many were in a good mood following President Donald Trump's State of the Union address.
Amtrak released a brief statement saying the train "came into contact" with the vehicle but there are no reported injuries to passengers or crew members -- though the truck driver reportedly is getting medical attention.
"There are no reported injuries to passengers or crew members. Local law enforcement is investigating the incident and crews are inspecting the equipment for damage," Amtrak spokeswoman Kimberly Woods said in a statement.
The accident took place in Crozet, Va., near Charlottesville, Va. Members were on a special chartered Amtrak train to the Greenbrier resort, where Vice President Pence was set to speak Wednesday night, with a planned appearance from President Trump on Thursday.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released a statement offering his condolences to the victim, support for the injured and praise for first responders.
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