WASHINGTON (AP) – Amtrak says two crew members and two passengers have been taken to a hospital with minor injuries after a train crash in Virginia.
Amtrak spokeswoman Beth K. Toll says the four were injured when the train hit a truck on the tracks Wednesday morning near Crozet, Virginia.
Police and a local hospital have given differing figures, but the reason for the discrepancies wasn’t immediately clear.
The train was carrying Republican lawmakers to a conference at the Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.
The accident happened at an intersection that crosses the tracks at the top of a hill where visibility is limited. There is a train arm at the crossing.
Crozet is a small town west of Charlottesville, which is home to the University of Virginia.
BREAKING: (AP) – White House: 1 dead in Virginia train-truck collision, no lawmakers or staff seriously injured.
Senator Shelley Moore Capito was not on board and released the following statement: “Just learned about the train accident in Virginia. Thinking about my colleagues and all those involved. Hoping everyone is okay.”
Representative Evan Jenkins was not on board of the train. He has released the following statement: “I was not on the train headed to the GOP conference in Greenbrier County; I’m in Charleston right now. My prayers are with my colleagues and the driver of the truck hit — praying that everyone is OK.“
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican lawmakers and aides say a train carrying them to a policy retreat in West Virginia has struck a truck.
Oklahoma GOP Rep. Tom Cole says a person on the truck may have been injured. Emergency workers were on the scene.
Cole says he’s not aware of any injuries on the train. A GOP aide speaking on condition of anonymity because the aide was not authorized to speak publicly says no lawmakers were injured.
Cole says he believes the accident occurred near Charlottesville, Virginia.
WEST VIRGINIA (WOAY) – GOP source says a train carrying members of Congress to a retreat in West Virginia has hit a truck. Unclear how many members were traveling on the train, but there were injuries.
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