A person inside a garbage truck lost his life in Virginia today when his vehicle was struck by a train carrying Republican members of Congress to a retreat in West Virginia.
Chartered Amtrak Truck Collides With Garbage Truck On Tracks
The crash happened at 11:20 a.m. in Crozat, Virginia when an Amtrak train collided with a garbage truck on the tracks, ripping the vehicle in half. It isn’t clear why the garbage truck was on the tracks.
“An Amtrak train came into contact with a vehicle that was on the tracks at 11:20 a.m. in Crozet, Va. There are no reported injuries to passengers or crew members. Local law enforcement is investigating the incident and crews are inspecting equipment for damage. The train originated in Washington, D.C. Updates will be provided as new information becomes available.”
We’re fine, but our train hit a garbage truck. Members with medical training are assisting the drivers of the truck. pic.twitter.com/0I9jOwHTmb
— Rep. Greg Walden (@repgregwalden) January 31, 2018
North Carolina Rep. Mark Walker said that one person was ejected from the garbage truck during the crash.
One of the people in the garbage truck was killed in the crash and at least one other person sustained serious injuries. It isn’t clear whether the person killed was driving the truck at this time.
None of the lawmakers or train crew were seriously hurt.
There were 3 people in the truck that was straddling the track and which the train hit. One is dead. One I am told is being transported but has minor injuries. One has serious injuries—please pray. Laura & I & multiple other physicians tended to the patients until EMTs showed up. https://t.co/qAmoofxakV
— Bill Cassidy (@BillCassidy) January 31, 2018
The White House issued the following statement: “Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone that has been affected by this incident.”
The National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the incident.
This is a developing story.