CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA (WBRE/WYOU)- A chartered train carrying Republican lawmakers to a retreat in Crozet collided with a trash truck Wednesday morning, killing one person.
The train was carrying House and Senate Republicans when it collided with the truck outside Charlottesville, Virginia. Authorities on the scene say while several congressional personnel suffered minor injuries, none of the elected officials were seriously hurt.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said there was one confirmed fatality and one person seriously injured.
Rep. Roger Marshall of Kansas performed CPR “on train conductor, and helped the two people in the garbage truck who are now in the ambulance. They are injured badly.”
Marshall later told MSNBC that he first tried to help the deceased victim, whom he said had suffered “major head trauma, internal trauma — it’s just too gruesome to even talk about.”
We know the train was carrying House Speaker Paul Ryan. Senator Pat Toomey, Representative Lou Barletta and Dan Marino from our region were not on the train. Representative Keith Rothfus of Pennsylvania’s 12th District was on the train, but was unhurt.
Rep. Jason Lewis of Minnesota was taken to an area hospital for a reported concussion, but did not sustain a serious injury, according to a senior leadership source on the train
Senator Pat Toomey tweeted:
“@SenToomey: While I was not among those on the train this morning, I am nevertheless grateful for the first responders who moved swiftly to help. I’m praying for those who were injured in this accident.”
This is a developing story, check back for details.