Train carrying Republicans crashes, one dead

Feb 03, 2018, 07:30
Train carrying Republicans crashes, one dead

"It just felt like if you were driving along and ran over a boulder", Wenstrup said of the crash. "I don't know that for sure, it's a long train".

Three men were in the garbage truck.

Rep. Tom Cole, who represents parts of central and southwestern Oklahoma, told KGOU he was walking down the aisles of the train when the crash happened.

"There's a lighted crossing guard where the train crosses", Hill said.

"I looked out the side of the window and then I could see a truck, just in pieces out the side of the window", Comer said. Michael Burgess of Texas, Phil Roe of Tennessee and Roger Marshall of Kansas. None of the lawmakers on the train, including Rep. Garret Graves of Baton Rouge, nor any of their aides traveling to the retreat, were seriously injured. He said he helped a man from the truck who was badly injured. The Associated Press reported that the arms at the railroad crossing "appeared to be malfunctioning the day before the deadly crash".

"I think everyone on the train is OK", Faso said.

Portman described a "very, very sad" experience, adding: "Prayers are with the three and their family". Buckingham Branch Railroad leases the tracks and is responsible for maintenance, signaling and traffic dispatching on the line.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it was launching an investigation. He was in the back of the train where the impact wasn't as bad as those in the first train vehicle.

There are two advance warning signs, two roadway gate arms, two master-mounted flashing lights and a warning bell at the railroad crossing, according to a U.S. Department of Transportation Inventory Form from January 3. The day foreman did not restore the closure, according to investigators, leading to a train's striking the backhoe at almost 100 miles per hour. Wednesday's was the first to involve a train or resulted in injury, however, VDOT spokeswoman Shannon Marshall said.

Sen. Rob Portman of OH got off with his wife, Jane, and waiting for them was their son, Jed, a University of Virginia student who had come over from the nearby campus to say hello. "Members with medical training are assisting the drivers of the truck", Walden said. I'll be going tomorrow, and we'll be together, but it was a pretty rough hit. The NTSB had previously disclosed toxicology reports indicating marijuana in the system of the train's engineer and cocaine or opioids in the systems of the maintenance workers who died, but it did not conclude that the employees were impaired at the time of the crash. The rest of the train carried members of Congress and the other passengers back to Charlottesville Union Station. "The tragedy is outside", she said. He said he was thrown around upon impact and suffered neck, back and foot injuries.

Fleischmann said he was in a "bit of shock" and significant pain.

Members of his staff tweeted that the first-term congressman was being checked for a possible concussion after the Wednesday crash. Amtrak said two of the train's crew members and two passengers were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries. "Do not challenge a train at a crossing".

The retreat will still take place this weekend, according to the Congressional Institute, the organization that arranges the event.

Without warning, the 10-car chartered train slammed into the white garbage truck.

The lawmakers were on their way to a strategy retreat in the countryside when the collision occurred around 11:20 a.m. Wednesday in Crozet, about 125 miles (200 kilometers) southwest of Washington.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who spoke at the GOP retreat Wednesday night, praised the physicians. The impact made him jump out of his seat.

Shortly after the train came to a stop, members of Congress who are medical doctors rushed to the victims' aid, performing CPR on at least one victim.

US Capitol Police said congressional officials, including the USCP, are on the scene and are working closely with partner law enforcement agencies in response to the incident.

Dozens of Congress members were aboard the train, but were not injured in the crash. She said President Donald Trump has been briefed on the matter and is receiving updates.

The train carrying the lawmakers hit a garbage truck south of Charlottesville, Virginia. Lawmakers took buses from there to the retreat in White Sulphur Springs.

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