An Amtrak train carrying Republican members of Congress to the Greenbrier resort in West Virginia for a policy retreat has suffered an accident. Reports indicate the train collided with a dump truck, throwing lawmakers from their seats and leaving at least one person dead.
BREAKING: GOP train hit a truck on way to retreat. Sources say driver getting medical attention; members okay. Pic-> pic.twitter.com/99xmsGFEEs
— Rachael Bade (@rachaelmbade) 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
NEWS — The train carrying GOP lawmakers to the retreat in West Virginia has collided with a dump truck. Initial reports indicate everything is OK.
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) January 31, 2018
According to a statement from Amtrak, the train “came into contact with a vehicle that was on the tracks at 11:20 a.m. in Crozet, Va. There are no reported injuries to passengers or crew members. Local law enforcement is investigating the incident and crews are inspecting equipment for damage.”
NEW: Amtrak statement on the accident pic.twitter.com/uwxDu8inMf
— Elaina Plott (@elainaplott) January 31, 2018
Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, told Fox News that there was at least one fatality involving those that were in the dump truck that was struck. Most passengers on the train are reportedly OK, but there have been some injuries. At least one individual is in critical condition, according to local news reports.
NOW: Amtrak train collides with garbage truck in Crozet. Nurse on scene reports at least one fatality and at least one in critical condition. NBC29 is on scene and will bring you more details as we get them. pic.twitter.com/eU0uYL0JQx
— NBC29 (@NBC29) January 31, 2018
NEWS: Per a GOP aide (via a member on the train), the train carrying members of congress to the GOP Retreat just had some kind of accident.
Said most ppl seem to be ok, but there also appear to be some injuries.
— Alexis Levinson (@alexis_levinson) January 31, 2018
The White House has been briefed on the accident.
White House says Trump has been briefed on GOP train accident: “There is one confirmed fatality and one serious injury. There are no serious injuries among members of Congress or their staff…Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone that has been affected by this incident.”
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) January 31, 2018
Some members of Congress who are on the train are tweeting about the accident.
— Drew Ferguson (@RepDrewFerguson) 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
The train carrying GOP members to our retreat had a collision, but Rebecca and I are both okay. Security and doctors on board are helping secure the scene and treat injuries.
— Rep. Bradley Byrne (@RepByrne) January 31, 2018
On the train and okay. Prayers for the drivers of the truck.
— Steve Daines (@SteveDaines) January 31, 2018
I am on the train and I am OK. We don't know many details, but security and doctors are here to secure the scene and help those who are injured https://t.co/SLx1GeHmsW
— Rep. Roger Williams (@RepRWilliams) January 31, 2018
Amanda and I are on the train carrying GOP members to our annual retreat that just had an accident. We are okay, but please join us in praying for those injured and their families.
— Jim Banks (@RepJimBanks) January 31, 2018
I am on the train, and I am okay. Praying for others involved.
— Congressman Robert Pittenger (@RepPittenger) January 31, 2018
Senators Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, helped tend to the injured.
Sen. Jeff Flake says he, Rep. Brad Wenstrup, and Sen. Bill Cassidy helped tend to the injured and that it brought back memories of the shooting at the congressional baseball game practice last year: "It's all too similar" https://t.co/4OpXJMXNxu
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) January 31, 2018
Public Facebook statement from a House staffer: "House Chaplin Fr. Conroy, EMTs, local residents, and Members of Congress who are liscensed [sic] physicians are all caring for those involved in the accident, especially the truck driver." pic.twitter.com/0Jw7G8C3uZ
— Nate Madden (@NateMaddenCRTV) January 31, 2018
Calling in to Fox News, Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., said there were several helicopters on the scene and “lots of armed security” investigating the accident to ensure “there was no nefarious behavior.”
“We don’t think that’s the case,” he said.
Walker said the Republicans are unsure how the accident will affect their plans for the policy retreat. “Don’t even know if the train is operable at this point,” he added.
Lawmakers say the train is at least partially derailed, but that at least one operable engine can put the train back on the track.
On Fox, GOP CA Rep Denham says there was an engine on the back of the train. The first engine derailed. But the engine on the other end will pull the rest of the train back at some point.
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) January 31, 2018
BREAKING: GOP to re-board the train.
GOP member: "They are backing us up to Charlottesville."
At least one engine is still operable.
— Philip Wegmann (@PhilipWegmann) January 31, 2018
According to Fox News, the lawmakers will be brought back to Charlottesville, Va., and will board a bus that will transport them to West Virginia.
Editor’s note: This developing story has been updated with new information.
Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.
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