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Old 01-31-2018, 12:13 PM
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A garbage truck was on the tracks, and a train carrying many members of Congress hit it...Looks like the people on the train are OK, but one died in the truck and the other severely injured...

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A train carrying Republican members of Congress to their retreat in Greenbrier, West Virginia, has hit a truck, reports Nancy Cordes. The White House confirmed the report, and said in a statement that there is one known fatality and one serious injury. The lawmakers were scheduled to spend the next few days at the West Virginia resort for their annual issues conference.

The White House released a statement about the accident early Wednesday afternoon: "The President has been fully briefed on the situation in Virginia and is receiving regular updates. There is one confirmed fatality and one serious injury. 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." The NTSB has sent a team to investigate the crash.

The specially chartered Amtrak train departed Union Station in Washington, D.C. at about 8:30 a.m., and the train hit the back of a garbage truck at about 11:20 a.m. in Crozet, Virginia. The impact threw train passengers from their seats, but so far, lawmakers appear not to have sustained major injuries. Many are also traveling with their spouses and staff.

Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Arkansas, told CBSN in an interview that as far as he knows, "Everyone on the train is fine." Westerman was still on the train during the interview. He thought the train was still operable.

Another lawmaker told CBSN that some members jumped from the train to offer help to the people in the truck who were injured.
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Congressional train wreck includes garbage truck.
You can't make up this kind of irony.
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