Train Carrying Republican Lawmakers to Retreat Crashes Into Truck

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The train crashed in a garbage truck near Crozet, Va., on Wednesday. Credit Zack Wajsgrasu/The Daily Progress, via Associated Press

A train in Virginia carrying Republican lawmakers to a retreat on Wednesday crashed into a large truck, according to Amtrak.

The White House said that at least one person was killed and another seriously injured, and that none of the lawmakers or their staff members had been injured. President Trump was aware of the episode.

An Amtrak spokesman said that the train hit a vehicle on the tracks at 11:20 a.m. in Crozet, Va., northwest of Charlottesville. Two members of the train’s crew and two passengers were transported to a hospital with minor injuries, the spokesman said.

“It was pretty jarring,” said Representative Tom Cole of Oklahoma, who described the incident as a “violent crash.”

Several members of Congress including Representative Pete Sessions of Texas, Representative Greg Walden of Oregon and Senator Steve Daines of Montana tweeted that they were safe. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan was aboard, but Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, was not

The members were headed to the Greenbrier Resort Hotel in West Virginia for their annual policy retreat. Many members drive rather than taking the train, or skip the gathering altogether. After the crash, two people on board said that the train was heading to Charlottesville and that members and staff would continue to the retreat by bus.

Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona said in an interview on MSNBC that he had been in one of the front cars of the train and that he had helped carry an injured man from the truck that was hit to an ambulance.

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He and others aboard said that the crash recalled another dangerous episode that had befallen Republican lawmakers within the last year, when a lone gunman opened fire on members of the congressional baseball team in June, gravely wounding Rep. Steve Scalise.

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