Train carrying members of US Congress collides with truck, leaving one person dead

Rachel Bade/TwitterA photo of the truck.
  • A train carrying Republican lawmakers to a retreat in West Virginia collided with a truck in Virginia on Wednesday morning.
  • There has been one confirmed death, and a local NBC affiliate reported that one person was in critical condition.
  • The White House said there were no serious injuries among the lawmakers or their families or staffs.

A train carrying Republican lawmakers to a retreat in West Virginia collided with a truck in Virginia on Wednesday morning.

One death has been reported, the White House said, and one person is in critical condition. Rep. Steve King, a Republican from Iowa, tweeted that one person had been critically injured while another was seriously injured. Two other people on the train were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said there were no serious injuries among members of Congress or their families or staffs. She said President Donald Trump had been briefed and was receiving frequent updates, and he spoke with House Speaker Paul Ryan, who was on the train, about the incident.

Some GOP members aboard the chartered train tweeted updates on the situation.

“Security and doctors on board are helping secure the scene and treat injuries,” Rep. Bradley Byrne of Alabama said.

“On the train and ok,” Sen. Steve Daines of Montana said. “Prayers for the drivers of the truck.”

Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona told The Washington Post that there were three passengers in the truck and that he helped carry one injured passenger to an ambulance on the scene. Flake said his wife and 18-year-old son were on the train with him but were OK.

The GOP caucus was en route to a two-day stay at Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Cabinet members are expected to join the congressional Republicans for a series of meetings concerning immigration, infrastructure, and foreign policy, and the coming midterm elections.

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