Four North Carolina GOP legislators are confirmed to have been on a train headed to West Virginia involved in an accident with a truck.
Representative Mark Walker, Ted Budd, Virginia Foxx and Senator Thom Tillis were on board.
WFMY News 2 spoke to the legislators’ spokespeople confirming they were not injured.
Our train heading to our annual retreat with members of Congress has been an accident. Looks like smaller injuries at this point on train but serious injuries outside from collision. Apparently, we have hit a large dump truck... Helicopters and security are covering the area. pic.twitter.com/MNlWTocMRQ— Rep. Mark Walker (@RepMarkWalker) January 31, 2018
While en route to the retreat this morning, our train was involved in an accident. I am okay and I believe that none on the train are injured. I have been praying and will continue to pray that God will care for all of those affected by this morning's events.— Virginia Foxx (@virginiafoxx) January 31, 2018
Our train headed to West Virginia was involved in an accident with a truck. Everyone on the train appears to be okay. Please join me in praying for those in the truck we collided with.— Senator Thom Tillis (@SenThomTillis) January 31, 2018
I am on the train to the GOP conference that was involved in the accident. I am okay and am praying for those who are injured.— Ted Budd (@RepTedBudd) January 31, 2018
The members of Congress were headed to their retreat in Greenbriar, West Virginia for their annual issues conference.
"We get a lot of work done," explains Representative Ted Budd of the retreat in a phone interview WFMY News 2. "A lot of good information-sharing. We were making phone calls on the way down. I would call people, a friend who's a Democrat and get his take on this and get a 360-view on what happened last night and the State of the Union. All very positive marks across the board. What a tragedy to have this happen. We'll be fine. The worry is not for us. We just know there are families affected by this and that's our concern."
CBS News reports the Amtrak train departed Washington, D.C. around 8:30 a.m. and then hit the back of a garbage truck at about 11:20 a.m. in Crozet, Virginia.
CBS also reported that one of the three garbage truck passengers is dead.
President Trump is meeting with his national security team but is aware of the accident, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said.
Representative Mark Walker took video from inside the train, showing the garbage truck flipped over with trash strewn about.
"Quite and impact," Representative Walker says of the crash. "Shook the entire train. That's the reason people who were in the aisle immediately went down because of the impact."
Representative Virginia Foxx says lawmakers with medical backgrounds sprang into action to try and help those who might be injured.
"I immediately sat down to say a prayer for anyone who was involved," she says.
Amtrak released a statement on the incident that said the train "came into contact with a vehicle that was on the tracks at 11:20 a.m. in Crozet, Va. There are no reported injuries to passengers or crew members. Local law enforcement is investigating the incident and crews are inspecting equipment for damage."
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