A train that was carrying Republican members of Congress, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, struck a garbage truck on Wednesday. At least one fatality, a passenger in the truck, has been confirmed, and reports of injuries have also surfaced. Spouses and children of the GOP members were also onboard, as many members of bring their families along for the retreat.
The chartered train struck a garbage truck just south of Charlottesville, Virginia. The locomotive was reported to have derailed, though the passenger cars remained on the tracks.
According to CNN, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed that one person, a passenger in the garbage truck, died as a result of the crash.
“The President has been fully briefed on the situation in Virginia and is receiving regular updates,” said Sanders. “There is one confirmed fatality and one serious injury.”
“There are no serious injuries among members of Congress or their staff,” she continued. “Senior Administration officials are in regular contract with Amtrak and state and local authorities. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone that has been affected by the incident.”
Amtrak also stated that there were no injuries on the train.
In a statement, Amtrak spokesperson Beth Toll said, “An Amtrak train came into contact with a vehicle that was on the tracks at 11:20 a.m. in Crozet, Virginia.”
She added, “There are no reported injuries to the [train] passengers or crew members. Local law enforcement is investigating the incident and crews are inspecting equipment for damage. The train originated in Washington, D.C.”
While House physicians were initially instructed to stay in the passenger cars, the chose to push past police to provide aid to the injured in the truck.
One GOP aide did state that there were “some bruises or minor injuries” among the train passengers, but “nothing serious.”
Many members of Congress aboard the train began tweeting out details of the incident. Rep. Jeff Denham shared an image of the front of the train that was headed to the Greenbrier.
GOP lawmakers were going to a retreat at the Greenbrier, located in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, which was scheduled to begin today and continue through Friday.
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