The driver of a garbage truck that was hit by an Amtrak train carrying Republican members of Congress to a retreat has died at the scene. At least one Congressional member and a staffer were being examined after the crash, but no serious injuries were reported among Congressional members. One other person in the truck was said to be critical and was airlifted from the scene.
Fox reported that the accident happened in Crozet near Charlottesville, Virginia as the train was headed to Greenbriar for the annual GOP retreat. The garbage truck was reportedly on the tracks when the accident occurred.
Law enforcement swarmed the area, to determine if the incident was really an accident or the result of a plot. At this point it appears to be an accident.
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
NEW: One fatality, one serious injury after train carrying GOP lawmakers hits truck, White House confirms; no serious injuries among members of Congress or their staff https://t.co/5vpNKwhHSW pic.twitter.com/j7NAnhXqKA
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 31, 2018
— Fox News (@FoxNews) January 31, 2018
JUST IN: Train carrying members of Congress to GOP retreat hits a garbage truck, sources confirm.
A GOP aide said most people seem to be okay, but “there appears to be some injuries.” pic.twitter.com/Wp57k6KB1b
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) January 31, 2018
Breaking: I’m told the train carrying members of Congress to the GOP retreat at the Greenbrier has been in an accident. Apparently the train hit a truck – helicopters now overhead with doctors attending to injuries.
— Elaina Plott (@elainaplott) January 31, 2018
I’m on the train w/members of Congress that was just involved in a crash. I’m ok. Most members are ok but serious injuries on the ground.
— James Comer (@KYComer) January 31, 2018
MORE: Train carrying GOP members of Congress to a policy retreat in West Virginia has struck a truck, lawmakers and aides say. Emergency workers are on the scene. https://t.co/YeBzmPsR80 pic.twitter.com/7bAeQCCAVG
— ABC News (@ABC) January 31, 2018
— WBAP 24/7 NEWS (@WBAP247NEWS) January 31, 2018
An Amtrak train carrying several members of @GOP Congress was involved in an accident with a large truck just before noon eastern time. Reports that the truck driver has died. pic.twitter.com/g8IQgFczl4
— CC (@ChristiChat) January 31, 2018
We’re fine, but our train hit a garbage truck. Members with medical training are assisting the drivers of the truck. pic.twitter.com/0I9jOwHTmb
— Rep. Greg Walden (@repgregwalden) January 31, 2018
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