VIDEOS: 5 Arkansas lawmakers on train that hit truck on way to GOP retreat

CROZET, Va. — A train carrying dozens of Republican members of Congress to a policy retreat in the countryside slammed into a garbage truck in rural Virginia on Wednesday, killing one person in the truck and sending several lawmaker-doctors rushing to help the injured. No serious injuries were reported among those on the train, an Amtrak charter that set out from the nation’s capital with lawmakers and staff for the luxury Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. At least two people in the truck were reported seriously hurt. The collision took place around 11:20 a.m. in Crozet, about 125 miles southwest of Washington, tearing the truck in two, crumpling the nose of the locomotive and scattering trash alongside the tracks. Arkansas Reps. Bruce Westerman and Steve Womack were among those on the train, they wrote on Twitter, and Rep. French Hill’s office also confirmed he is “safe and sound.” Sen. John Boozman and his wife were also on the train and unhurt, the senator’s office said. “I am fine,” Westerman said. “No one on the train was injured, as far as I know.” Womack wrote that he is safe “but praying for all involved.” Rep. Rick Crawford said on Twitter that he is “fortunate enough to be safe.” Crawford also posted a photo showing damage to the front of the train. Sen. Tom Cotton’s office said he was not on the train. Westerman wrote that there were three people in the truck that was struck. Authorities gave no details… [Read full story]

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