Saturday, 18 August, 2018


Train carrying US Republicans hits truck, killing one person

Train carrying US Republicans hits truck, killing one person Train carrying US Republicans hits truck, killing one person
Conrad Doyle | 02 February, 2018, 20:50

"I'm fine compared to, tragically, the truck drivers, and thankful for the prompt action of our doctors and first responders". The status of the truck driver is unclear.

CROZET, Va. (AP) - A train carrying dozens of Republican members of Congress to a strategy retreat in the countryside slammed into a garbage truck in rural Virginia on Wednesday, killing one person in the vehicle and sending several lawmaker-doctors rushing to help the injured.

Outside, he said, the first responders - including several members of Congress - found that the collision had killed one person in the truck and left another seriously injured.

The trash company, Time Disposal, has been in business for 33 years and has 17 drivers and 15 trucks, Kotowski said.

Two Republicans who were on the train that crashed in Virginia on Wednesday described the harrowing scene they came across when they tried to assist those hurt in the collision.

Comer says Reps. Larry Bucshon of Indiana, Roger Marshall of Kansas and Brad Wenstrup of OH came to the aid of crash victims before emergency personnel - including a transport helicopter arrived.

Benny Layne said the truck landed on his property Wednesday after it collided with the Amtrak train near Crozet, Virginia.

Members of the Republican caucus, their families and staff had chartered the Amtrak train for a policy retreat in West Virginia.

Albemarle County police spokeswoman Madeline Curott also would not confirm a fatality but said three people on the truck were seriously injured.

White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders said there are no serious injuries among the members of Congress, though staff for Rep. Jason Lewis of Minnesota said he is being treated "per standard concussion protocol" at a local hospital.

A tweet from Lewis' account late Wednesday said Lewis was heading for the retreat and planned to participate as much as he could as he recovers.

Vice President Mike Pence, who flew in later in the day, delivered an evening address to lawmakers at the three-day retreat west of the United States capital. Vice President Mike Pence attended on Wednesday.

Flake said, "We were moving at a pretty rapid pace and it didn't seem like there was any time for the train to slow down at all".

"Oh, Jesus, sorry about that, we hit a bump here", he told AM 1100 The Flag, a station in Fargo, North Dakota.

Authorities have not detailed the sequence of events. Michael Burgess, of Texas, Phil Roe of Tennessee, Larry Bucshon of Indiana, Roger Marshall of Kansas and Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana. One man on the truck was killed.

"Today's incident was a bad tragedy", said House Speaker Paul Ryan, who was aboard the train.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone that has been affected by this incident". The tracks where the accident happened are not often active passenger rails and are usually only used for freight trains, which travel much more slowly, usually around 30 miles per hour.

The train was in Crozet, just west of Charlottesville, when it hit the truck. "It was a garbage truck that was apparently, I would assume, trying to cross the tracks".

Buses were sent to pick up the lawmakers yesterday afternoon and take them on to their destination.

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