DETROIT (WWJ) – A train carrying some Republican lawmakers to a policy retreat in West Virginia has struck a garbage truck.
Among those on the train was Michigan Congressman Mike Bishop, who spoke live with WWJ Newsradio 950 shortly after the crash.
“The occupants of the train are OK,” Bishop said. “I can’t say that I know what happened to the truck driver. I certainly hope he is OK, but I don’t have a lot of faith in that if he was in that truck that I’m looking at right now.”
Bishop said a few on the train did suffer some bumps and bruises.
“Everybody was relaxed, some walking around, we hit something, (it was) very loud, something very prominent on the tracks, didn’t know what it was,” he told WWJ’s Jackie Paige. “Some of us flew forward — especially those that were standing in the aisle….minor injuries as a result; I don’t think there was anything major on the train itself.”
When the train came to a stop, Bishop said passengers could seen what he called the remains of a truck. “It is spread all across the neighborhood here. A very gruesome scene.”
According to reports, the truck driver was killed.
Michigan Congressman Fred Upton and Congressman John Moolenaar were also among the lawmakers on the train.
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