Crozet, Virginia, A charted train carrying GOP members of Congress hit a garbage truck on the railroad tracks near Crozet, Virginia. It is reported that the driver of the garbage truck was killed. A statement from Amtrak stated that the crash occurred at 11:20 AM on January 31, 2018. The train was charted for GOP members of Congress and was carrying House and Senate members en route to a GOP Retreat in West Virginia.
Amtrak states the train originated from Washington, DC. There are reports that a conductor on the train had a heart attack and others were being treated for minor injuries. Rep. Jason Lewis of Minnesota was taken to the hospital and is being treated for a concussion.
There is also a critical injury of a worker from the garbage truck.
Two physicians were on the train at the time of impact, Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy and Ohio Rep. Brad Wenstrup. They helped treat the injured from the garbage truck as well as others on the train.
Immediately after the crash, it is reported that many members of Congress with medical backgrounds ran to the injured victims of the truck and began life saving first aide until the paramedics arrived.
Representatives Ralph Norman, R-SC, and Bruce Westerman, R-AR both stated that the train was traveling about 50 MPH when it hit the truck. It appeared that the train did not brake before the collision.
Our prayers and thoughts are with the victims and their families.
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