One fatality after Amtrak train carrying lawmakers hits truck

View of the scene following the accident when a train traveling from Washington to West Virginia carrying Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives collided with a garbage truck, in Crozet, Virginia, U.S., January 31, 2018, in this picture obtained from social media. Congressman Greg Walden/via REUTERS

RALEIGH – There is one fatality and one critical injury in the truck hit by an Amtrak train Wednesday morning carrying 200 hundred members of Congress and their guests. Congressional retreat organizers say one passenger on board the train was sent to the hospital.  The train struck the garbage vehicle, which was carrying three people, on the tracks in Crozet, Virginia, about 40 miles west of Charlottesville, around 11:20 a.m. after departing Washington.

“There is one confirmed fatality and one serious injury. There are no serious injuries among members of Congress or their staff,” said White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.

The lawmakers were coming off of a late night for the president’s State of the Union address in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday and were headed to a working retreat at the Greenbrier in West Virginia, an historic hotel that has hosted Washington’s power brokers for generations.

According to Sen. Pete Sessions (R-TX) , who gave updates on Fox News Wednesday morning, about a dozen additional passengers were being treated by local emergency crews for minor injuries to head, neck and arms.

N.C. Representatives David Rouzer (R-7), Richard Hudson (R-8), Virginia Foxx (R-5) and Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) were all on board and report that they are O.K.





“Local law enforcement is investigating the incident and crews are inspecting equipment for damage,” Amtrak said in a statement. Many lawmakers tweeted photos of the train crash showing significant damage to a truck.

Sessions said that while the scene is attended by authorities, staffers are working on logistical arrangements to move the lawmakers by bus to their destination.