A train carrying a Mississippi congressman and other GOP lawmakers was involved in a crash Wednesday.
Congressman Gregg Harper tweeted that he and his wife were traveling on a train to a Republican planning conference when it hit a truck at a crossing in Virginia.
Our train, in route to our Republican planning conference, hit a truck at a crossing in VA. The train stayed on the tracks. Hopefully there were no serious injuries on the train. Sidney and I are shaken but okay. Please pray for the 2 people in the truck and their families.
— Gregg Harper (@GreggHarper) January 31, 2018
No one on the train was injured, according to Harper, but he said two people were inside the truck at the time of the crash.
The train was carrying Republican lawmakers to a retreat in West Virginia when it collided with a garbage truck 15 miles west of Charlottesville, VA in Crozet.
One person on the truck was killed, another was airlifted to the University of Virginia Hospital, WVIR in Charlottesville reports.
Some other GOP Congressional members tweeted that they were OK. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan was also on the train, and his office told CNN he was all right.
The only passengers on the train were the Republicans and some members of their families – including children.
“The train stopped just at the crossing, after striking the truck and fortunately several members of Congress are physicians – Dr. Phil Roe (TN) and Dr. Brad Wenstrup (OH) were out immediately, and the capital police were able to provide first aid to the injured,” Rep. French Hill said on CNN.
“There are no reported injuries to passengers or crew members. Local law enforcement is investigating the incident and crews are inspecting equipment for damage,” AMTRAK said in a statement.
The train originated at Union Station in Washington, DC. Buses are en route to pick up the legislators to take them on to the retreat.
We are working to learn more details.
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