Train carrying GOP lawmakers to retreat at Greenbrier hits trash truck, 1 dead

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A chartered train carrying Republican lawmakers to a retreat collided with a trash truck Wednesday morning and left at least one person dead.

Emergency personnel work at the scene of a train crash in Crozet, Virginia, involving an Amtrak passenger train carrying dozens of GOP lawmakers to a Republican retreat in on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. Zack Wajsgrasu / The Daily Progress via AP

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said there was one confirmed fatality and one person seriously injured.

“There are no serious injuries among members of Congress or their staff,” she said in a statement.

The victim’s identity was not immediately released.

The train was carrying House and Senate Republicans to the retreat in West Virginia when it hit the truck, Rep. Carlos Curbelo, of Florida, said on MSNBC.

“Thankfully it does appear that most people are OK here, some minor injuries,” he said, adding he hoped the driver and any passengers in the truck were also unharmed.

“We were on our way to West Virginia and it was a sudden impact, a loud noise and everyone was jolted,” he said.

A statement from Amtrak said the crash happened at 11:20 a.m. in Crozet, Va.

“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,” the statement said.

Several lawmakers tweeted about the incident and said they were uninjured.

“Our train heading to the GOP Retreat in West Virginia has been involved in an accident,” tweeted Sen. James Lankford, of Oklahoma. “I am safe but first responders are treating minor injuries on the train & treating the truck drivers.”

A post on Rep. Roger Marshall’s Twitter account said the “train hit a garbage truck, they’re asking for doctors on the trains to help.”

“Right now Dr. Marshall is helping people who are injured,” the tweet said of the Kansas lawmaker.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president is aware of the accident.

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