A train carrying GOP members of Congress to a political retreat in West Virginia collided with a trash truck, killing one person and injuring five more. We have more details here.
An Amtrak train carrying Republican members of Congress and their staff to a political retreat in White Sulpher Springs, West Virginia, collided with a tractor-trailer truck carrying garbage at 11:20am ET on January 31. At least one person is dead and five injured after the train collided with the truck at 50mph in Crozet, Virginia — about 15 miles outside Charlottesville. One person inside the truck was killed, and another was seriously injured. No lawmakers were seriously hurt in the crash, though Amtrak confirmed two crew members and three train passengers were hospitalized with minor injuries.
That included Rep. Jason Lewis of Minnesota, who was examined for a possible concussion. “I’m fine compared to, tragically, the truck drivers, and thankful for the prompt action of our doctors and first responders. My thoughts are with the family of the driver who passed away,” Lewis told Reuters. It’s still unclear what caused the collision at this point, with Amtrak saying in a statement that, “local law enforcement is investigating the incident and crews are inspecting equipment for damage.”
Several lawmakers took to Twitter to let their constituents know that they were unharmed during the incident. “Our train heading to the GOP Retreat in West Virginia has been involved in an accident,” tweeted Senator James Lankford, of Oklahoma. “I am safe but first responders are treating minor injuries on the train & treating the truck drivers.” Rep. Roger Marshall tweeted that the “train hit a garbage truck, they’re asking for doctors on the trains to help.” Senator Jeff Flake, of Arizona, told MSNBC that it took the train about a 1/4 of a mile to stop after the collision, with the train going about 50mph at the time of impact.
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