BREAKING: Train Carrying GOP Congress Members Collides With Garbage Truck, At Least One Fatality

Politico reports:

An Amtrak train transporting members of Congress and staff to a Republican retreat in West Virginia struck a truck near Charlottesville, Virginia Wednesday morning, according to multiple sources. No serious injuries were reported on the train. The status of the driver of the truck could not be determined, but the person was not believed to be injured either.

Update from the Washington Post:

“We appear to have hit a garbage truck,” said Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), who was reached by telephone on board the train.

“It looks like it’s been maybe cut in half. We can see garbage strewn around and we can see the back half of the truck. There was a feeling of an impact and you could feel we had hit something. It took us maybe a quarter mile to stop.”

Flake, Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio) joined medical personnel in carrying one of the injured passengers to an ambulance. Flake and Wenstrup did almost the exact same thing last summer in the shooting at a baseball field in Alexandria.

  • Lazycrockett

    I hope none of the republicans choked on their silver spoons.

    • jimbo65

      You mean 40 pieces of silver. ;P

      • Lumpy Gaga

        Cut ’em a break. An Amtrak sandwich alone is like 15 pieces.

  • Pollos Hermanos

    GOP collides with garbage truck.

    How apt.

    • Buford

      Too… much… symbolism… my head hurts!!!

    • zhera

      Truck collides with trash train.

    • Steverino

      A fitting metaphor for the Republican Party: a train wreck.

    • Librarykid

      mutual attraction

    • clay

      a dumpster is now too small.

    • teeveedub

      It’s utterly poetic.

  • Paula

    None of them got hurt? Too bad. Hey let’s cut more safety funds from Amtrak this year.

  • Chris H.

    NOW that’s symbolism!

  • Joe in PA

    Lemme guess…Trump bought the Greenbriar Resort last week?

  • Eric

    Train full of trash hits truck full of trash?

    • AmeriCanadian

      And none of it was taken out. 🙁

      • JWC

        another missed opportunity

  • Bambino

    I’m surprise they didn’t chartered private planes at the expense of tax payers.

  • Tread

    A chartered train on Amtrak, which the GOP is trying to defund. Fuck those motherfuckers.

    • Bambino

      Now they have a good excuse to call it an ineffective mode of transportation and kill it.

      • Chuck in NYC

        Or heed Drumpf’s call for infrastructure funding.

        BWAH HA HA HA. Like that’s going to happen.

        • Bambino

          It will happen except the money will end up in their pockets.

          • Chuck in NYC

            I pulled this from Wikipedia. Seriously, we have yet to build ANY high speed rail in the U.S. I took the high speed train from Paris to Lyon 11 years ago — it was brilliant — and look where France is now, with a lot still in the planning stages. The safety design built into these systems prevents virtually any animal or vehicular traffic across the tracks. Australians are bemoaning their own lack of high speed rail, so I guess Americans are not alone among countries with politicians who refuse to do anything progressive at the federal level.
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f91b9d1343a64aee7669f4bb7861239d78659adb21304da30c97422fe3d023ce.png

        • teeveedub

          Well, you know that thing where Republicans don’t do anything about an issue unless it affects them directly? You know, that missing empathy gene?

          Vehicles get hit at train crossings all the time, and nothing gets done – no regulatory change, no fixes to infrastructure. Perhaps now that they’ve been inconvenienced, we’ll see some action taken.

          (I can dream, can’t I?)

      • Tread

        There hasn’t been any talking of how the GOP’s continual defunding of Amtrak has harmed their safety regulation implementation.

    • jimbo65

      I think they want us to start using rickshaws for transportation

  • SkokieGuy

    What, no military planes requested for the trip? Trains, really? Brown people take trains!

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Sending thoughts and stuff.

    Early reports are saying minor injuries.

  • Did anyone ask the truck driver if he’s a Democrat?

    • Bambino

      They already assumed he is. Leftist terrorist taking down GOP on Hannity tonight will be the headline at Faux.

    • BlueberriesForMe

      Definitely a Muslim.

    • 2patricius2

      But by then they might be too political…….Well, I guess your thoughts and prayers won’t be. But anything else would be…..

  • JoeMyGod

    I’m adding more info to this post as it comes in….

    • Is the garbage ok?

      • Joe in PA

        No, there are reports that some of the congress critters had minor injuries.

        That was just TOO easy Paul. 🙂

      • ted-

        I was concerned for the truck, but yes, I hope the garbage is OK too.

    • clay

      The all seem to be praying.
      I hope that means that they’re staying the fuck out of the way, too.

    • jerry

      They were headed to a retreat at the Greenbrier, owned by Gov. Jim Justice, now a Republican. He filed for an exemption to the state ethics laws, because the state GOP members were going there too. Like Trump, Justice has failed to put any of his many assets in any sort of blind trust.

  • carrot festival

    Where does the garbage end and the republicans begin?

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    I didn’t think Karma sent hints.

    • BlueberriesForMe

      Time released Karma tablets.

  • Rex

    Sending thoughts and prayers.
    Next.

    • BlueberriesForMe

      I hope someone took out their assault rifle of choice and started shooting.
      If not, I must ask for a special investigation to examine this group’s unpatriotic and anti-American actions.

  • boobert

    There was more garbage on the train than in the truck !

  • The_Wretched

    Wispermen, up your game!

  • Taylor Bixler

    How long until the Posobiec’s of the world blame Antifa for this?

  • HZ81

    Love it when a joke writes itself.

  • FAEN

    How will they blame Hillary and/or Obama for this.

    • clay

      Amtrak == Biden

  • Blake J Butler

    Wait republican congressmen took a train ?

    And how long as this been going on ? i thought they take plane rides on tax payer dime.

    • Joe in PA

      They had to take the lowly staffers. 🙁

    • clay

      only when the can keep the other Americans off of it.

  • boobert

    Retreat in WV? Sounds like a practice run for when the bombs start.

    • Megrim Twist

      Well, they were headed for the Greenbriar resort, which has underground bunkers (or used to).

      • boobert

        Any bets they have newer ones, besides the old ones that were “closed” ?

    • #DJTK5F

      On Wednesday? When do these motherfuckers ever actually do office work? When do they sit at their desk and write bills, or at least read them? When are they in the House? It’s like when those shit-witted Republicans were out practicing softball, in the middle of the day, in the middle of the day, and attracted gunfire? Why aren’t they somewhere WORKING? Why aren’t they somewhere EARNING their taxpayer-funded salaries, and EARNING their government healthcare?

      Do we even need ‘representatives’ who are such self-serving, do-nothings? I want them imprisoned, investigated for fraud, and subjected to salary and benefit clawbacks for all of the bleeding of the beast they’ve been doing.

      No Republican Left Behind.

  • gaycuckhubby

    And families?
    I hope no children were injured

    • Lazycrockett

      Hate it when blood gets on those brown shirts.

    • Taylor Bixler

      U.S. Representative Carlos Curbelo told MSNBC, “the train is almost entirely occupied by members of Congress and their spouses.”

      • The_Wretched

        Spicy mix up!

        • BlueberriesForMe

          “almost”. Except for the taxpayer paid hostesses.

      • gaycuckhubby

        Good

  • Billy Green

    “Deep state” conspiracy theories in three… two… one…

    • Bambino

      Oh the wing nuts are going to blame CIA and FBI since now they are the enemy of the state. They will want their dear leader to ask KGB to assist in the investigation.

  • Megrim Twist

    A literal TRAINWRECK. With a GARBAGE TRUCK.

    HOPE is alive.

    • kanehau

      More like a truck hit a train full of garbage.

  • kanehau
    • Gustav2

      OMG! How dare they crash into and destroy all of America’s Thoughts & Prayers.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    But Don Bacon is okay!

    DON BACON IS OKAY, PEOPLE!!!!!!!

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DU4hzjuXUAI0cki.jpg

  • JoeMyGod

    CNN says Paul Ryan is on the train and uninjured.

  • Lazycrockett

    Of course only the working class were injured.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Dickens couldn’t write this plot.

    He’d be called a hack.

  • HoneyBoySmith

    While I’m sorry that there are injuries, it seems to me that there was more garbage on the train than on the truck.

  • Statistics Palin

    I hope the garbage is ok.

  • Jerry Hinnant

    Well the Republican trainwreck has become a literal reality!

  • Rex

    Look at all those classified Republican documents scattered all over…wait…that’s garbage. Hard to tell the difference.

  • The_Wretched

    I do hope the truck driver has a full recovery.

    • Bambino

      Hope he remember to register for Obamacare.

  • Taylor Bixler

    Not in Charlottesville itself, but Crozet which is like 12 miles west.

  • JoeMyGod

    CNN says the two garbage men are seriously injured….

    • Joe in PA

      Damn.

    • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

      Is this snark by CNN?

    • Lumpy Gaga

      “They better not have abandoned their truck.”

      — Neil Gorsuch

    • zhera

      Is the media calling them garbage men, or is that you? It doesn’t sound right; should be garbage truck men.

  • edrex

    i’ll save my thoughts and prayers until the next mass shooting.

  • BobSF_94117

    People on board say those w medical training are tending to the injured.

    I bet people are hiding from Rand Paul.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Isn’t he an eye guy?

      “Can you see my pee-stains now?”

  • JoeMyGod

    Refresh this post for the latest…

    • Hank

      If I do that, then I always lose half of the comments!!! SAD!!!

      • AJ Drew

        Refresh and refresh again. Imagine it as a fun tease: do it again, NO, do it again! Eventually it all, um, works.

  • AJ Drew
  • jimbo65

    You’d think this would be a wake up call and mobilize those Gop members to do something about our crumbling infrastructure. But then again when one of their own was shot didn’t exactly move the conversation on gun safety.

    • AJ Drew

      Nope! They’ll complain about how long it takes to clean up that mess.

  • bkmn

    Fate

  • The_Wretched

    I guess they were very interested in derailing discussion of the SOTU?

  • Friday’s_cat

    On their way to Greenbrier?
    The Robber Baron country retreat.
    https://www.google.com/search?q=Greenbrier&oq=Greenbrier&aqs=chrome..69i57j69i60j0l15.2684j0j4&sourceid=silk&ie=UTF-8#trex=m_t:lcl_akp,rc_f:nav,rc_ludocids:6698085045398077066,rc_q:The%2520Greenbrier,ru_q:The%2520Greenbrier

    • GayOldLady

      They’re planning their escape

    • zhera

      An annual retreat, one of them wrote up there… Because they have so little time off, they work so hard, never any holiday, so of course they go on a retreat in the middle of the week!

      SMH

  • GayOldLady
  • Taylor Bixler
    • Lumpy Gaga

      So, was this like one of those enclosed-hunting day trips? They put a couple of Mexicans on train tracks and let a carload of Rethugs at it at full speed?

  • Mike

    Reportedly, no one in the vehicle carrying trash was injured. We’re
    still waiting to hear about the driver and passenger in the garbage truck.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Nazis running down civilians in VA again?

  • jimbo65

    Oh, and thoughts and prayers. ….

  • JoeMyGod

    Jeff Flake says one of the garbage men has died….

    • GayOldLady

      Damn!

    • Bad Tom

      That is very sad.

    • gaycuckhubby

      Horrible

    • Bambino

      Fuck!

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Heard on train:

      “I told you Jeff Flake was a RINO.”

    • Blake Jordan

      Of all the wastes of life that could of died (if anyone had to die at all), it is one of the innocents lost… 😔😔😔

    • Librarykid

      If a legislator who had not already resigned had made the announcement, it would have had to be very careful not to show any sympathy.

  • mattdocmartin

    How are they able to tell which was which?

  • Bambino

    Thank spaghetti monsters no members of the public were on board. Ramen!

  • Bluto

    The big scandal here is why is their retreat not being held at a cheeto property.

  • jimbo65

    Straight out of The Omen. A warning for those who are wavering in their support for the Anti Christ.

  • Octoberfurst

    Alex Jones will scream that this was a plot by the Deep State in 5—4–3—..

  • #DJTK5F

    Thoughts and prayers. Hoping the garbage truck wasn’t damaged.

  • Bambino

    The more important question Breitbart and Faux news want to know is who did the two seriously injured garbage truck drivers voted for?

    • Bluto

      Imagine the headlines if the drivers are immigrants.

      • Pip

        Or heaven forbid.. Muslims!

    • Lazycrockett

      Depend on if they pass the paper bag test.

  • Do Something Nice

    Thoughts and prayers to the garbage truck driver’s family.

  • gaycuckhubby

    Horrible story… thank you Joe for posting without snark

    • Lazycrockett

      The GOP is actively working to kill the working class one way or the other.

    • The_Wretched

      I care about the truck drivers and staff. The republicans may or may not be directly responsible for this accident and are killing people with their changes to statutes and regulations. As such, I don’t have much sympathy for their injuries and will not be shamed into having sympathy for them.

  • mikemmiv

    Sometimes the narrative writes itself.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Apparently, it’s not enough for GOP fucknuts to phone friends and family with status.

    Putin and the Kochs have to know how their assets are faring.

  • dknyc

    breaking: our infrastructure is f**ked & we don’t have the money to pay for a fix because of the taxscam

    • AJ Drew

      oh, we will suddenly have $ to repair *some* of the railways now, somehow. grr.

      • Bambino

        Just between DC and the retreat at West Virginia.

  • Where was Hillary and Obama!??!!111?!?!11

  • safari

    Failing to cut Obamacare, Congressional GOP are just killing Americans directly.

  • Ham

    If only Mexico had built the wall.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    How is it no one got hurt? The truck looks pretty damaged.

    • Taylor Bixler

      at least 1 dead

    • Bambino

      Read Joe below. One of the truck driver died.

    • clay

      even with Twitter, it takes time for triage and reporting

  • safari

    There is something poetic, and yes tragic, about a trainload of GOP hitting a garbage truck.

  • ted-

    I hope the train is OK.

  • David

    Karma

  • Lumpy Gaga

    “Jesus, why did you abandon me?”

    “See that set of garbage truck tire tracks? I put it there to take the impact for you.”

  • margaretpoa

    Too bad Republicans are irony impaired.

  • Tomcat

    After checking the victims doctors have found a massive amount of brain damage!
    None had heart damage since there was no hearts there.

    • PeterC

      Is the noticed brain damage a prior condition?

      • Karl Dubhe

        Brains? I thought they ate brains…

  • Friday’s_cat

    The next legislation to be taken up after PPACA was President Obama’s infrastructure initiative. By that time republicans had lied their way into the majority and set out on the plan to make Barack Obama a one term president by opposing anything he proposed.
    That grade crossing was unprotected thanks to republican intransigence.

  • JoeMyGod

    Per the AP, at least six GOP House members are medical doctors and have been helping with the injured.

    • Joe in PA

      But did they ask who they voted for first?

      • zhera

        Or if they’re LGBT?

    • gaycuckhubby

      Good. Hopefully it helped

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Hm. Wonder how triage works on a train full of rethuglicans with 6 GOP MDs among them.

      • Joe in PA

        Oh, you can bet it is by “seniority”? Those plum committee appointments don’t come cheap. 🙁

      • Hank

        A LOT of Ass licking!!!

      • AJ Drew

        All shouting orders for the nurses they expect to be there.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      I certainly hope no non-citizens received free medical care.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Rand Paul : need help ?

      Injured : Get a Real Dr please !

  • Lumpy Gaga

    The only way to stop a bad guy with a train….

    • safari

      …is a garbage truck?

  • Kelly Lape

    I have never been so excited and instantly so disappointed. Sad.

    • #DJTK5F

      Was hoping for a more explosive response to Chitler’s SOTU address.

  • Natty Enquirer

    Those stubborn trains. All they have to do is go around.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Bradley Byrne’s phone is unaffected!!!!!

  • Mike

    Tomorrow, expect Scalise and the rest to take a brave stand against the burdensome regulation of railroad crossings. This is ‘merka, dammit.

  • countervail

    Deep State! Deep State! The revolution has begun! (chuckle)

  • Karl Dubhe

    I’ll go there…

    This is a trashy way to stage a Reichstag fire.

  • DrRobY
  • HandsomeMrToad

    Garbage-on-garbage crime.

  • HandsomeMrToad

    “The greatest threat to garbage comes not from anti-garbage cops, but from other garbage!”

    • m_lp_ql_m

      Now, now, there’s good people on both sides.

  • DrRobY

    Speaker Ryan is reported ok. One needs to have a spine in order to have a back injury.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      But his phone! We’ve heard nothing from his PHONE!

      • I heard that there is an Amber Alert page on Facebook for Ryan’s missing phone. Let me take this opportunity to send my thoughts and prayers

  • Mark Cross

    This accident will be blamed on Obama and/or Hillary in 3.. 2.. 1..

    • Hank

      The Garbage Truck was carrying her missing emails! /s

  • ted-

    Their fucking god killed a truck driver!

  • safari

    Well, January has been the most ridiculous year ever.

    • AJ Drew

      12 hours DC time yet… wait for it, we’ll see.

    • Bambino

      11 more hours to go.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        13 for me

        #Winning !

        • Joe in PA

          Flyover stater says what? 🙂

          ducking

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            You heard me Minasoda boy !

          • Joe in PA

            LOL…I see you’ve been there. 🙂

  • boobert

    Oh please ! A private train with gop congressmen, friends and family heading to greenbriar? Practice, for heading to the bunkers ! Well, I hope it’s practice.

  • AmeriCanadian

    I am sorry to read that one of the truck drivers has died. Very unfortunate turn of events.

    • Randy503

      Drivers must learn that you cannot outrun a train! It will pass in just a minute or so,and it isn’t worth a collision just to try to beat it. Trains move much faster than you think.

      This goes for people who walk on railways. Last year, a teen was killed because he and his girlfriend were walking the rails, and the train came up so fast he couldn’t think where to jump to. And a male model was killed in LA by a train when they were doing a shoot on the tracks.

      Train tracks are private property, so just being on them makes you a trespasser. If you think you will hear and see a train and give you enough time, sometimes yes, sometimes no. But isn’t worth risking your life.

      • ColdCountry

        You don’t know he was trying to outrun the train. He might have stalled.

      • Professor Barnhardt

        I used to live near Crozet. I’ve been over that crossing many times. It’s early yet, but the truck might have got high-centered on the crossing. I’ll wait for details.

  • safari

    The GOP are literally a trainwreck. I mean, wow.

  • Irony writ large.

  • JWC

    were the GOP members on the Train or the Garbage truck

    • Mikey

      technically, IN the garbage truck.

  • Gigi

    They’ll find some way to blame Obama or the Clintons.

    • Joe in PA

      Or an FBI official they wanted to discredit. 🙁

  • Scott MB

    Sending tots and pears, cuz’ I know that will solve everything and their njuries will be instantly healed. Oh yeah and time will reverse so non of it really happened.

    Remeber itsi too soon to be talking about train safety .

  • Taylor Bixler
    • bkmn

      You beat me by seconds, congrats!

  • bkmn

    I know this will upset some but Tres Gaudy is not going to run for reelection.

    https://twitter.com/TGowdySC/status/958750202206318592

  • Lazycrockett
    • Hank

      ALL the Rethuglicans are TAKING the MONEY and Abandoning the sinking Ship!!! Never saw so many go overboard since the Titanic!!!

      • William

        Putin has the dirt on all of them.

    • kareemachan

      This made me gag even more than I would have if he had just said he was leaving politics…

    • Jefe5084

      um…..er..ah…yeah. Well,Trey, you are no good at that either.

  • Jefe5084

    was a partially eaten Big Mac harmed? Inquiring minds need to know.

  • Bambino

    I’m always wary about rail ways along the rural area. Where local traffic is only divided by a functioning cross bar to prevent collision as train approaches.

    • safari

      As of 30 years ago most towns in Michigan didn’t even have crossbars.

      • Bambino

        Not only that I bet the residence are so use to it, they are less caution about the safety. Especially the younger ones. So often drivers run the red lights and I bet many would do the same with the rail way tracks.

        • coram nobis

          And if this was a special train, its presence would be a surprise.

      • AmeriCanadian

        Outside of Windsor proper, there are many railroad crossings with just the flashing lights (and many crashes, unfortunately).

  • Lazycrockett

    Those poor white people missing their 2 o clock tee off.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    OT: Trey Gowdy is packing it in and heading back to the hills to play his banjo on the porch.

  • Karl Dubhe

    There is a regulation that forces some commercial vehicles to stop at uncontrolled intersections. I’m not sure if it covers more than just the children’s school buses, maybe it should…

    Ooops, I said a bad word; regulation.

    • coram nobis

      Even if they have such a regulation it might not succeed. A 2011 crash in Nevada, where a dump truck hit an Amtrak train, pointed to failure on the part of the truck. It was midday on a desert highway with ample visibility, so that wasn’t an issue, and the crossing gates were functioning and down.

      https://www.ntsb.gov/news/events/Pages/Board_meeting_Miriam_NV.aspx

      • Karl Dubhe

        True, but that also establishes liability. If the driver was dumb enough to ignore the rules, then the company isn’t responsible for his actions. It’s the age old question, who pays for this particular fuckup?

        Right?

        • coram nobis

          The doctrine is respondeat superior, yes. There’s also some interesting details in the NTSB findings about the truck’s failure to stop, which suggests something more than driver error.

        • William

          Large or long trucks sometimes get hung up on the tracks, because tracks are usually higher than the road. A bus load of people from a senior home here was hit in Mississippi.

          • Karl Dubhe

            That sounds like a very terrible to engineer the road beds.

  • kareemachan

    Gee between all the “I’m fine” and “prayers”, very little notice of that these asshats try to defund Amtrak every chance they get.

    Karma….

  • bkmn
    • The_Wretched

      It’s a bit of a pity. I’d like congress critters held to a tight standard on corruption.

      • But they don’t and guess who writes the rules?

  • Leo

    I hope the truck passengers HAVE GOOD FUCKING HEALTHCARE

    • Lumpy Gaga

      GOOD FUCKING

  • Slippy_World
  • safari
    • Lumpy Gaga

      “Fuck your thoughts and prayers! This suit will never be the same again!!”

  • Cuberly Deux

    How long till alex jones claims it was a deep state plot to take out GOP congress critters.

    • Bambino

      He is already fighting with the other wing nuts media for the first right to spout the conspiracy.

  • Jerry Kott

    Symbolism?

    • m_lp_ql_m

      Metaphor.

  • Megrim Twist

    No one wants this line in their obit:

    “… died from injuries sustained after being hit by a train full of Republicans.”

    Heartbreaking for the family of the person killed.

    • m_lp_ql_m

      Technically, several hundred thousand people a year could have that line in their obit.

  • We regret to report multiple survivors.

  • AtticusP

    Thoughts and prayers for the garbage.

  • Mark_in_MN

    Rep. Byrne assures us that people are helping to “secure the scene.” OK. What does that even mean in this context and why is that important? Was the scene too anxious?

    • Lars Littlefield

      It was in danger of running away.

  • Cuberly Deux

    Anybody make a GOP is a train-wreck joke yet? Literally!

    Too soon?

    • iambu

      Many.

    • Hank

      Never Too Soon

  • Was the truck hauling the left over Bullshit from tRump’s SOTU speech?

  • hdtex
  • LSMC1987

    The garbage truck was carrying members of Congress resigning……
    or
    It was the tRumptrain……

  • Hank

    I wonder if the Truck drivers were Union Members??

    • LSMC1987

      Uniom members…..

  • Lars Littlefield

    Just a friendly warning. We live in the Way Out West where most RR Crossings do not have safety gates that drop down when a train is coming or stop signs. Therefore, those of us who care to live long healthy lives ALWAYS stop at railroad tracks and look both ways checking for trains.

    • Librarykid

      You probably don’t play on the track with earphones plugged in you ears, either unless you have a death wish.

  • kanehau

    FAKE NEWS!!! Here is the real headline…

    TRUCK HITS TRAIN FULL OF GARBAGE!

  • Gene Perry

    Sorry for the guy that got hurt, but you gotta admit, quite a metaphor.

  • Halou

    What does Alex Jones say?

    • William

      The Lizard People have begun assassinating repuglicans.

  • Ninja0980

    Wonder if they’ll care about fixing infrastructure now?

    • boatboy_srq

      Highway spending is likely to rise now….

  • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

    #GARBAGETERRORISM #ISISCONGRESS

  • -M-

    Here’s hoping the fatality was a congressional Republican. Deepest sympathies to their friends and family if not.

    • -M-

      And of course you have to note, a train full of garbage hit a garbage truck.

      Sympathy to the security and support people and any staffers who aren’t complete garbage like their bosses are.

  • JCF

    [Must.Not.Remark.About.Metaphor!]

    RIP.

  • Alexodia

    Hope the Truck driver and Amtrak crew are okay.

    • TexasBoy

      2 severely injured and one fatality in truck crew

      • Alexodia

        damn =(

  • gaycuckhubby

    I think it’s time for a break. It’a been real

    • William

      We all have to get out for a while.

  • 2patricius2

    I was in a train from Chicago to St. Louis in the early Sixties that hit a truck loaded with steel sheets an hour outside Chicago. Apparently the truck driver didn’t hear the train whistle, as the train rounded a bend. The driver of the truck was killed, and the engineers in the train were hurt. I was in a car that had a sky viewing area above. There was a terrible thud, and material flew over the windows above.

    We were stuck on the track for an hour, until they could get the engine removed, and the track cleared, and another engine installed. When they removed the engine, we could see that the front was badly damaged.

    Not a good memory. I feel for the people on the train and the driver of the truck.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Thank you asshole Aderholt:

    I’m told one person in the truck has died. Our prayers to that person’s family & any others hurt.

  • Nowhereman

    If I believed in the mythology, I’d say that God is trying to send them a message.

  • leastyebejudged

    One person is dead.

    Wasting no time with empty headed prayers !

  • BlueberriesForMe

    Prayers! That always helps!

  • Treant

    Carries victims to ambulance. Votes to deny them healthcare.

    The people in the wrong vehicle died.

  • Nic Peterson

    In the wake of a super blue blood moon? Coincidence? I think white jesus has spoken.

    • Harley

      No. The evilangelicals will say it’s the liberal witches casting spells on our glorious leader’s allies. I just wished for more carnage.

  • CJAS

    I hope no one associated with the University was hurt.

  • Brock C

    How soon before they blame the Democrats?

  • ChiTownGuy

    GOP Train wreck…..

  • Winky

    Ah they were heading to the greenbrier resort! It is own by our shithole governor who was a democrat that flopped on his back to be a republican for big daddy trump. He wants this to be the mar a lago of West Virginia.

  • boatboy_srq

    You have to wonder whether this isn’t some carefully camouflaged attack on Amtrak and other public transportation. If Congress can’t get where they’re going by rail without something untoward happening, then continued support for the service will (continue to) plummet. It would be just like some unhinged Reichwingnut to stage this.

    • Friday

      More likely scenario is that this being a charter train, either someone was asleep at the switch with signals, or the guys on that garbage route were just used to there not being a train, or one going so fast, every time they’ve made that crossing.

      • boatboy_srq

        True.

        What better argument, though, would there be for defunding Amtrak than that it is demonstrably unsafe for both riders and passersby, especially with the accident which proves that point carrying the very people responsible for providing – or cutting – the funding?

        • Friday

          I think that’s only a ‘better argument’ to right-wing denialists. 🙂 They’re the ones who’ve been trying very hard to make Amtrak have to behave like a not-profitable private corporation all these decades in the first place.

          • boatboy_srq

            Absolutely.

            And exactly why this incident is so unfortunate: nobody wants to pay for a service that doesn’t work, and the GOTea will no doubt use the incident to try to cut Amtrak further.

          • Friday

            The GOP’s policy has been to insist ‘Government doesn’t work’ then try to prove that by preventing it from working… or actively sabotaging it.

          • boatboy_srq

            Just ironic that they were on board when their active sabotage took effect in this instance.

          • Friday

            Not ironic, just that they chose to double-down so they could accomplish one more round of looting.

  • Rick

    Sending TOTS and PEARS.

  • Rocco

    Only one fatality?

  • shrumpi

    That’s a Deep State move right there, that is…

  • Lumpy Gaga

    “Okay, God. Ronna’s checked in with prayers.”

    “About fucking time.”
    [God gets off the couch]

  • DavidOntario

    Seriously thought this was The Onion at first.

  • ColdCountry

    I’m sorry someone was killed, but the jokes do write themselves.

  • So how is Chris Christie? He’s the driver of the truck that tried to block the train, right?

  • Taylor Bixler

    Predictable. Called this 2 hours ago.
    https://twitter.com/willsommer/status/958769032559300615

  • TexasBoy

    Sadly, if it were a DEM train, the nutters would already be screaming about it being a “Sign from God!”

  • manuski

    Very sad that someone died. From the picture of the garbage truck I’d assume it was the driver. I hope there were no other serious injuries

  • Eddie Besketti

    Clean up: it will be hard to seperate the stench from the GOP.

  • netxtown

    that lazy ass gawd of theirs….must have been texting with donnie…..

  • JackFknTwist

    Just what the US justice system needs, – another fascist.

  • ultragreen

    I thought Republicans were against Amtrak, so why are they riding it? And who is paying for this exclusive weekend retreat anyway? It better not be our tax dollars.

    • Lakeview Bob

      Some congressman just said on MSNBC that it was privately funded. And we know these people never lie.

  • Oh, Parker

    That poor, poor garbage.

  • Christopher
  • Del Sam

    Hmmm, Garbage truck hit by garbage train?

  • Chris Gardner

    Just reinforces that we really need to investigate Hillary’s emails. /s

  • Ann Kah

    Well, it’ll be OK because they’re sending thoughts-n-prayers…

  • Ore Carmi

    🙁 Someone in the garbage truck died.