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.
The train carrying GOP members to our retreat had a collision, but Rebecca and I are both okay. Security and doctors on board are helping secure the scene and treat injuries.
— Rep. Bradley Byrne (@RepByrne) January 31, 2018
Amtrak chartered train carrying GOP lawmakers to a Republican retreat in West Virginia hit a dump truck that may have been stuck on the tracks.
Some reports of injuries, but no word on the severity. Physician was on board. No members of the public on the train.
— Kevin Rincon (@KevRincon) January 31, 2018
I am on the train, but I am okay. https://t.co/wmOjatHw9S
— Rep. Don Bacon (@RepDonBacon) January 31, 2018
BREAKING: GOP train hit a truck on way to retreat. Sources say driver getting medical attention; members okay. Pic-> pic.twitter.com/99xmsGFEEs
— Rachael Bade (@rachaelmbade) January 31, 2018
The train taking GOP lawmakers, staff and families to retreat is an AMTRAK train but chartered just for them – no members of the public. People on board say those w medical training are tending to the injured.
— Chris Jansing (@ChrisJansing) January 31, 2018
— CNN (@CNN) January 31, 2018
Our train heading to the GOP Retreat in West Virginia has been involved in an accident. I am safe but first responders are treating minor injuries on the train & treating the truck drivers. Praying….
— Sen. James Lankford (@SenatorLankford) January 31, 2018
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
Amanda and I are on the train carrying GOP members to our annual retreat that just had an accident. We are okay, but please join us in praying for those injured and their families.
— Jim Banks (@RepJimBanks) January 31, 2018
BREAKING: Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) tells me 3 passengers aboard the hit truck. 1 is dead. 2 injured. He and other lawmakers helped carry one of the injured truck passengers to an ambulance with local medical personnel.
— Ed O’Keefe (@edatpost) January 31, 2018
My family and I on train to a retreat. Hit a garbage truck. Jarring, but everyone ok on train. Severe injury in truck. Maybe a death. Fr. Conroy there with injured. A number of Members of Congress who are doctors tried to help.
— Jeff Fortenberry (@JeffFortenberry) January 31, 2018
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 31, 2018
I just wanted to send a quick note to let everyone know Caroline and I are fine. We were on the train headed to a Republican planning conference when the train collided with a truck. I’m told one person in the truck has died. Our prayers to that person’s family & any others hurt.
— Rep. Robert Aderholt (@Robert_Aderholt) January 31, 2018
— Fox News (@FoxNews) January 31, 2018
— Jeff Denham (@RepJeffDenham) January 31, 2018
Praying for all involved in today’s train accident in Virginia.
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) January 31, 2018