Train Carrying House, Senate Republicans Hits Truck in Virginia

January 31, 2018 Updated: January 31, 2018

A train that was carrying House and Senate Republicans to a retreat in West Virginia hit a truck, according to reports on Wednesday, Jan. 31.

Congressman Carlos Curbelo, of Florida, confirmed the accident, saying it hit a trash truck, NBC News reported.

“Thankfully it does appear that most people are OK here, some minor injuries,” he said.

He said that he hoped the driver and any passengers inside the truck were not hurt.

The crash took place near Charlottesville, Virginia.

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

Rep. John Faso, a New York Republican, who was on the train, said that he was told that people in the truck were injured, while those on the train were unharmed, CNN reported.

“There was (what) looks like a tractor trailer carrying trash that was hit by the train,” Faso told the network.

“I think everyone on the train is OK,” Faso said. “I don’t know that for sure, it’s a long train. But most of the concern is for the people outside.”

It’s not clear how many members of Congress were on the train.

Rep. Roger Marshall of Kansas tweeted: “We are on our way to our annual GOP retreat, the train carrying members and spouses hit something. Laina and I are ok, I am helping those that are injured, I will have Laina keep you updated as I know more.”


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