Walden was on train that hit truck, killed driver

Walden was on train that hit truck, killed driver

Kerry Wise
February 3, 2018

Republican members of the House and Senate were on their way to a retreat in the West Virginia countryside to discuss strategy for the upcoming elections.

U.S. Rep. John Rutherford said he was standing in a chartered train with dozens of fellow GOP lawmakers Wednesday when their trip to a Republican policy retreat was tragically put on hold as their locomotive slammed into a trash truck at a railroad crossing near Crozet, Va. The train "came into contact with a vehicle that was on the tracks at 11:20 a.m.in Crozet, Va".

Both lawmakers described seeing members of Congress exiting the train to help the injured people outside.

Rep. John Faso, a New York Republican, who was on the train that crashed, said he was able to see the truck that hit the train, and that he was told that injuries were expected from people in the truck, not the train.

"On the person who was badly injured, my wife, who's an anesthesiologist, attempted to do an intubation and get an airway", he said.

The White House has confirmed one fatality from the crash.

"You could hear a very long bang and the impact here on the train", Lankford said.

"I jumped down and could not find the pulse, so we started CPR, we tried shocking him, and we did everything and just could not get him back", said Rep. Marshall. Dunn said there were up to 10 medically-trained lawmakers headed to the conference.

"Our investigation process is basically a nine point matrix that involves the examination of the three components of a crash", said Kotowski. "We did what we could for the gentleman who was still living".

NTSB Board Member Earl Weener said the agency was treating the incident as an "accident", responding to reporter questions about whether it could have been an intentional act targeting GOP lawmakers.

Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, a physician, along with Sen.

"It was quite a jolt", he said. Jeff Flake - run out to attend to the victims.

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"I thought then I never want to experience a day like this again", Flake said.

Authorities have given no details on the cause of the wreck, which took place at a crossing protected by gates, flashing lights, bells and warning signs. Sometimes, he said, they stayed down for hours.

"Looked like they were in their 30s".

"I'm in a bit of shock right now", Fleischmann said in a phone call from the scene, where he was being treated for his injuries.

Officials gave varying figures on the number hurt.

Two members of the Amtrak crew were also transported to the hospital, along with two passengers.

Minnesota Rep. Jason Lewis' staff members tweeted that the first-term congressman was among those taken to the hospital. "Some minor bumps and bruises in this vehicle". Trump is scheduled to travel to the retreat, which will still take place, but will now include a moment of prayer and a security briefing from Capitol police. And you knew it was a pretty severe hit. President Donald Trump was to arrive today.

Steve Scalise, who was shot and nearly died in June a year ago when a man opened fire on the Republican congressional baseball team, tweeted that he wasn't on the train but was praying for his colleagues. Michael Burgess of Texas, Phil Roe of Tennessee and Roger Marshall of Kansas.

Shortly after the accident, Ryan's office said the House speaker was "fine".

While it was not immediately clear who was at fault in the collision, Amtrak's safety record has come under scrutiny after a series of incidents including a derailment south of Seattle in December that killed three.

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Hill, like many of his colleagues, posted about the accident on social media, letting people know he was safe.