AR GOP Reps All OK after Train-Truck Crash in VA

CROZET, Va. - Members of the Arkansas congressional delegation who were on board a chartered train carrying Republican lawmakers to a retreat are all reported okay after the train collided with a trash truck Wednesday morning, a congressman said.

Sen. John Boozman, Rep. French Hill, Rep. Steve Womack, Rep. Bruce Westerman and Rep. Rick Crawford were on the train that was carrying House and Senate Republicans to the retreat in West Virginia when it hit the truck. Sen. Tom Cotton was not on the train. [See their Twitter posts below].

“Thankfully it does appear that most people are OK here, some minor injuries,” said Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) on MSNBC, adding he hoped the driver and any passengers in the truck were also unharmed.

“We were on our way to West Virginia and it was a sudden impact, a loud noise and everyone was jolted,” he said.

A statement from Amtrak said the crash happened at 11:20 a.m. in Crozet, Va.

"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," the statement said.

Several lawmakers tweeted about the incident and said they were uninjured.

“Our train heading to the GOP Retreat in West Virginia has been involved in an accident,” tweeted Sen. James Lankford, of Oklahoma. “I am safe but first responders are treating minor injuries on the train & treating the truck drivers.”

A post on Rep. Roger Marshall’s Twitter account said the “train hit a garbage truck, they're asking for doctors on the trains to help.”

“Right now Dr. Marshall is helping people who are injured,” the tweet said of the Kansas lawmaker.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president is aware of the accident.

Story details from NBC News.

Twitter posts:
"Congressman Hill was traveling on the train to the GOP retreat. He has reported that he is safe and secure and has asked for prayers for the injured." - Rep. French Hill

"Grateful for my colleagues administering care, praying for those injured. I am fortunate enough to be safe." - Rep. Rick Crawford

"Our train heading to the GOP Retreat in West Virginia has been involved in an accident. I am safe, but praying for all involved." - Rep. Steve Womack

"I am on the train in Virginia. I am fine. No one on the train was injured, as far as I know. Please keep the three people on the truck (and their families) in your prayers." - Rep. Bruce Westerman


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