Train Taking GOP Congress Members To Retreat Hits Truck

 

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA -- (24/7 News Source) --   At least one person is dead and another seriously injured after an Amtrak train carrying Republican lawmakers collided with a garbage truck outside of Charlottesville, Virginia.  

The train originated from Washington, D.C., and was carrying House and Senate Republicans and their families to White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia for a GOP retreat.  

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said there were "no serious injuries among members of Congress or their staff."  

Passengers of the garbage truck accounted for both the fatality and the major injury. 

 

The National Transportation Safety Board and U.S. Capitol Police say they are working with local law enforcement in Charlottesville, to investigate the cause of the crash.  

The train is being transported back to the Charlottesville train station and lawmakers will complete their travel to West Virginia on charter buses.  At this time, the GOP retreat is expected to proceed with an adjusted schedule. 

It is unclear how many members of congress and aides were on-board at the time of the crash

In a photo tweeted by Oregon Congressman Greg Walden hows a truck heavily damaged with lots of debris on the side of the road. 

24/7 News Source contributed to this report.

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