An Amtrak train bringing Republican lawmakers to a retreat crashed into a dump truck on Wednesday, according to reports.
Republicans from both the House and Senate — believed to number around 200 — were headed to their GOP retreat in West Virginia when the train collided with a dump truck that was crossing the tracks. At least one person was thrown from the truck and a helicopter was called in to airlift someone from the scene to receive medical attention.
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
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders did say that there was also one confirmed fatality and one serious injury, though none of the Republican lawmakers or their staff were among that tally.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders on GOP train accident:
"The President has been fully briefed on the situation in Virginia and is receiving regular updates. There is one confirmed fatality and one serious injury. There are no serious injuries among members of Congress or their staff."
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) January 31, 2018
Some of the lawmakers allegedly “hit the deck” of the train on impact, which resulted in a “couple of bumps and bruises,” aides said, but none of the GOP contingent appeared to need serious medical attention.
One congressman said regarding the driver of the truck that it “doesn’t look good.”
BREAKING: White House: 1 death and 1 serious injury after crash involving a train with GOP lawmakers and a truck, but “there are no serious injuries among members of Congress or their staff.”https://t.co/l1iAPNzniZ pic.twitter.com/Jj7VNVFrIa
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 31, 2018
Congressman Carlos Curbelo of Florida told MSNBC that “it does appear that most people are OK here, some minor injuries.”
Sanders said President Donald Trump had been briefed on the incident.
Amtrak said in a statement that the crash happened at 11:20 a.m. in Crozet, VA, near Charlottesville.
“Local law enforcement is investigating the incident and crews are inspecting equipment for damage. The train originated in Washington, D.C. Updates will be provided as new information becomes available,” Amtrak said.
A number of the lawmakers on board took to Twitter to announce their safety or describe the incident.
“We were having a pretty normal train trip, going through a very small town. Train was not going particularly fast,” Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Alabama) says. “And then the train jerked very hard, and then kept going, and then it came to a pretty quick stop.” https://t.co/NEWvowwhtO pic.twitter.com/vJccYrxdPG
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 31, 2018
Our train heading to our annual retreat with members of Congress has been an accident. Looks like smaller injuries at this point on train but serious injuries outside from collision. Apparently, we have hit a large dump truck… Helicopters and security are covering the area. pic.twitter.com/MNlWTocMRQ
— Rep. Mark Walker (@RepMarkWalker) 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
GOP MN Rep Jason Lewis tells Fox he may have whiplash & a "tiny bit of a concussion." Says there "are lots of minor injuries on the train."
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) January 31, 2018
Dr. Marshall perfmormed cpr on train conductor, and helped the two people in the garbage truck who are now in the ambulance. They are injured badly.
— Dr. Roger Marshall (@RogerMarshallMD) January 31, 2018
Congressman Cole is on the train to West Virginia and has reported to us that he is okay. -Staff
— Rep. Tom Cole (@TomColeOK04) January 31, 2018