Politicians on Amtrak train which hit truck

Saturday, 03 Feb, 2018

The train was carrying Republican lawmakers from DC to a retreat in West Virginia.

Just outside Charlottesville, in Crozet, Virginia, the train hit a truck that was on the tracks. I am fine. No one on the train was injured, as far as I know.

Amtrak also said no one on the train was seriously injured, although five people - two crew members and three passengers - were transported to a hospital with minor injuries, according to a spokeswoman.

The impact forced some congressmen to the floor as the trash truck was torn in half, leaving one of its passengers dead and another seriously injured from the wrenching impact, Rutherford said. There was one serious injury among those on the truck, in addition to the fatality.

The train was carrying House and Senate Republicans to a retreat in West Virginia when the crash occurred.

Benny Layne said the truck landed on his property Wednesday after it collided with the Amtrak train near Crozet, Virginia. He said he expects some lawmakers will experience some aches and pains. He said he didn't know why the truck was on the track.

"The first gentleman was somebody who had really, really, really devastating injuries". The victim has been identified as 28-year-old Christopher Foley, of Louisa County.

Lewis later left the hospital and traveled to the retreat, where he meant to participate as much as he was able, a spokeswoman said.

"[Senators Brad Wenstrup and Bill Cassidy] were working on the man, the deceased". Larry BucshonLarry Dean BucshonDem says ObamaCare repeal effort moves USA "toward single-payer" The Hill's 12:30 Report Watch: House GOP veterans appear in Memorial Day video MORE (R-Ind.), who both also have a medical background, also tried to treat the individuals hurt in the accident. "Members with medical training are assisting the drivers of the truck", Walden said.

Reps. Mark Sanford (SC - 1st District), Jeff Duncan (SC - 3rd District) and SC Sens. "Unfortunately, it came too soon".

The National Transportation Safety Board said it is starting an investigation. She told WUSA9 the garbage truck belonged to a family-owned business.

Both women say they think the victims of this tragedy are their regular garbage collectors, and have only the highest of compliments for the Time Disposal workers. "The driver - I did not see him - was walking around", Rutherford said by phone.

"Looked like they were in their 30s". She says she got stuck there Tuesday because the arms were lowered even though no train was coming.

Officials gave varying figures on the number hurt.

Rep. Jason Lewis, R-Minn., was taken to a hospital near the crash site as a precaution due to the impact of the train. Others aboard the train reported bumps, bruises and sore joints. The retreat starts Wednesday and ends Friday.

Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., said the collision happened without warning, while many members were up and milling around on the train. By early afternoon, lawmakers were boarding buses to resume their trip and Pence was still planning to address them later Wednesday.

Roe described the events Thursday in a conference call with reporters.

Some members of Congress and their spouses who are doctors assisted in the rescue efforts. Michael Burgess of Texas, Phil Roe of Tennessee, Larry Bucshon of IN and Roger Marshall of Kansas, according to those aboard. Norman said two men on the truck were on the ground and one was standing after the accident.

"I am safe and was not on board the train in West Virginia".

Two maintenance works were killed and more than 30 passengers were injured.

It crashed about an hour northwest of Richmond.