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Train Carrying Kansas Rep Marshall Hits Truck

Train Carrying Kansas Rep Marshall Hits Truck

An Amtrak train carrying Republican members of Congress and their families en route to a retreat collided with a garbage truck late this morning (Wednesday) in West Virginia.

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), speaking to CNN via telephone, confirmed that at least one person in the truck died.

Amtrak said in a statement that the collision occurred at 11:20 a.m. ET in Crozet, Virginia, after the train departed from Washington, D.C.

Reps. Tom Emmer and Erik Paulson also were on the train but were not injured, according to social media posts.

Authorities have not detailed the sequence of events.

The crash is now being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), while numerous law enforcement agencies - including the U.S.

"I'm fine compared to tragically the truck driver and thankful for our first responders", Lewis said in a statement.

"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.

One GOP source said members "hit the deck".

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, who tweeted Wednesday that he was on the train, was also on the field past year in Virginia when a gunman opened fire on a GOP baseball practice in which Steve Scalise was badly injured.

"It's fresh, and we're trying to get a hold of it", said a man answering the phone for Time Disposal. No lawmakers were seriously injured. Please pray for all involved in this accident.

"It was quite a jolt", he said.

Officials gave varying figures on the number hurt.

Sanders said that President Donald Trump has been fully briefed on the situation and is receiving regular updates.

The lawmakers were scheduled to spend the next few days at the West Virginia resort for their annual issues conference.

A GOP source said the accident took place near Charlottesville, Va. Members were on a special chartered Amtrak train.

The train hit a garbage truck, they're asking for doctors on the trains to help.

Several other lawmakers - including Reps.

House Speaker Paul Ryan was also on the train.

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