At least one person is confirmed dead after a train carrying Republican members of Congress on their way to a retreat in West Virginia crashed into a garbage truck on Wednesday.
Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) took to Twitter to share a photo of the wreckage as well as a message noting that no members of Congress were injured in the crash.
“We’re fine, but our train hit a garbage truck,” he wrote. “Members with medical training are assisting the drivers of the truck.”
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
One person is confirmed dead and there is one serious injury, though no members of Congress nor their staff were seriously harmed during the incident.
Some reports indicate that there could be two injuries.
Sen. Bill Cassidy (R., La.) said that he awoke abruptly from a nap when the train hit the truck. He joined others outside to help people in the truck. They attempted CPR, “but it was pretty clear he was dead,” Cassidy said. https://t.co/DC1jopuOSx
— Tim Hanrahan (@TimJHanrahan) January 31, 2018
I'm ok. TY to all checking in. Was on Amtrak train that just had the accident. Praying for those hurt. Great doctors & 1st responders stepping up quick & expertly.
— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) January 31, 2018
Getting regular updates on the Amtrak crash involving members of Congress and their families. Praying for all involved & grateful for the swift action of first responders. @POTUS and I will continue to monitor closely. I’m heading to WV later today.
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) January 31, 2018
— Louie Gohmert (@replouiegohmert) January 31, 2018
BREAKING: Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) tells me 3 passengers aboard the hit truck. 1 is dead. 2 injured. He and other lawmakers helped carry one of the injured truck passengers to an ambulance with local medical personnel.
— Ed O'Keefe (@edatpost) January 31, 2018
"The President has been fully briefed on the situation in Virginia and is receiving regular updates. There is one confirmed fatality and one serious injury. There are no serious injuries among members of Congress or their staff." @hogangidley45 pic.twitter.com/Gf3zEz3xXt
— Ben Kennedy (@BenKennedyTV) January 31, 2018
This is a breaking news story. Stay tuned for updates.