Train carrying GOP lawmakers to retreat involved in fatal crash

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.

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.

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.”

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.