Lawmakers OK After Train's Fatal Collision With Truck

Republican members of Congress were on their way to West Virginia; person in truck is dead
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 31, 2018 11:21 AM CST
Updated Jan 31, 2018 12:02 PM CST
Train With Republican Lawmakers Hits Truck
Emergency personnel work at the scene in Crozet, Va.   (Zack Wajsgrasu/The Daily Progress via AP)

A train carrying Republican members of Congress to a retreat in West Virginia struck a garbage truck on Wednesday. One person aboard the truck is dead and another seriously injured, reports NBC Washington. No lawmakers were believed to be seriously hurt, though one was taken to the hospital, according to NBC. Among those on the train was House speaker Paul Ryan, who was uninjured.

Politico reporter Rachael Bade tweeted a photo of the truck and said that doctors-turned-congressmen Roger Marshall and Larry Buschon were helping attend to the injured. Sen. Jeff Flake says he helped move an injured person to a stretcher, but he said another person died at the scene. "They worked on him for quite a while but they could not revive him," Flake said. The accident occurred in Crozet, Va., near Charlottesville, as the Amtrak train was ferrying the lawmakers to a retreat in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., per Bloomberg. (More train accident stories.)

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