One person is dead and two people are injured after an Amtrak train carrying GOP lawmakers and their families collided with a trash truck outside of Charlottesville, Virginia.
The train was headed from Washington, DC to White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia for a GOP retreat.
Lawmakers on the train say it was a tragic event. They say the happy mood after Tuesday night’s State of the Union completely changed when their train slammed into the truck in eastern Virginia.
Kansas Congressmen Dr. Roger Marshall and Brad Wenstrup and other lawmakers with medical experience jumped into action after the crash to treat those who were injured.
The driver of the garbage truck died.
Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona remarked that it reminded him of shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise last June. Flake remarked that at the time, he thought he’d never be in that kind of situation again, but he’s grateful so many of his colleagues have medical training.
The accident took place in Crozet, Va., near Charlottesville, Va. Members were on a special chartered Amtrak train to the Greenbrier resort.