BREAKING: Major Collision Between Truck And Train Transporting GOP Members Of Congress
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders there was one confirmed fatality and one person seriously injured.
“There are no serious injuries among members of Congress or their staff,” she said in a statement.
JUST IN: Train carrying members of Congress to GOP retreat hits a garbage truck, sources confirm.
A GOP aide said most people seem to be okay, but “there appears to be some injuries.” pic.twitter.com/Wp57k6KB1b
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) January 31, 2018
A truck was hit in West Virginia by a train carrying Republican members of Congress to a retreat. The driver is reportedly receiving medical attention https://t.co/X0RivCYNZI
— Axios (@axios) January 31, 2018
The train was carrying House and Senate Republicans to the retreat in West Virginia when it hit the truck, Rep. Carlos Curbelo, of Florida, said on MSNBC.
“We were on our way to West Virginia and it was a sudden impact, a loud noise and everyone was jolted,” he said.
A statement from Amtrak said the crash happened at 11:20 a.m. in Crozet, Va.
“Local law enforcement is investigating the incident and crews are inspecting equipment for damage. The train originated in Washington, D.C. Updates will be provided as new information becomes available,” the statement said.
A post on Rep. Roger Marshall’s Twitter account said the “train hit a garbage truck, they’re asking for doctors on the trains to help.”
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“Right now Dr. Marshall is helping people who are injured,” the tweet said of the Kansas lawmaker.
Marshall’s Twitter account later posted that the lawmaker performed CPR “on train conductor, and helped the two people in the garbage truck who are now in the ambulance. They are injured badly.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan was on the train but was not injured, a source told NBC News. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was not on the train, a spokesperson said.