A train ride carrying GOP lawmakers from Washington, D.C. to West Virginia ended in tragedy when the train struck a garbage truck that was on the tracks. There were three occupants in the garbage truck: one was killed on impact while another was airlifted from the scene to a nearby hospital. The third passenger suffered minor wounds and received help onto an ambulance by members of Congress.
The train collided with the truck in the state of Virginia, specifically west of a town called Crozet. The accident occurred at 11:20 a.m. ET.
The train was carrying members of Congress from Washington to an annual retreat down in West Virgina. Some of the occupants of the train were House Speaker Paul Ryan, Representative Jeff Denham, Representative Bradley Byrne, among others. While no members of Congress had immediate needs for medical attention, one Republican representative went to a hospital for a routine check for a possible concussion. The crew members aboard the train were reported to be in good health despite the accident.
The press secretary at the White House made a statement on the situation. “There is one confirmed fatality and one serious injury. There are no serious injuries among members of Congress or their staff," she said. “Senior administration officials are in regular contact with Amtrak and state and local authorities. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone that has been affected by this incident.”
Authorities and local officials have yet to comment on the cause of the accident at this time.