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Train carrying dozens of GOP lawmakers hits truck in Virginia

One person who was not aboard the train was killed

No lawmakers were believed to be injured in the accident

A chartered train carrying dozens of GOP lawmakers to a Republican retreat in West Virginia struck a garbage truck south of Charlottesville, Virginia, on Wednesday, lawmakers said.

One person who was not aboard the train was killed, according to authorities and media reports.

No lawmakers were believed injured in the accident.

“We’re fine, but our train hit a garbage truck. Members with medical training are assisting the drivers of the truck,” Representative Greg Walden of Oregon, wrote on Twitter.

A GOP aide said the train is partially derailed. Oklahoma Representative Tom Cole says a person on the truck may have been seriously injured.

Cole said he’s not aware of any injuries on the train. A GOP aide speaking on condition of anonymity says no lawmakers were injured.

Cole said he believes the accident occurred south of Charlottesville, Virginia. The train was en route to the Greenbrier resort in White Sulfur Springs for a three-day issues retreat featuring appearances by President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

Representative Bradley Byrne of Alabama, tweeted: “The train carrying GOP members to our retreat had a collision, but Rebecca and I are both okay. Security and doctors on board are helping secure the scene and treat injuries.”

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the president had been fully briefed on the situation and was receiving regular updates.

“There is one confirmed fatality and one serious injury,” she said. “There are no serious injuries among members of Congress or their staff. Senior administration officials are in regular contact with Amtrak and state and local authorities. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone that has been affected by this incident.”

Source: Theguardian

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