Amtrak train hit dump truck, White House statement says one dead

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Albemarle County Police Department responded to the scene of a crash involving a train in western Albemarle County.

According to police, the crash occurred near Marymart Farm Road and Lanetown Road, west of Crozet on Wednesday morning.

The Amtrak train was carrying Republican members of Congress to a retreat at The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

The White House has confirmed the report.

A statement from the White House says President Donald Trump was briefed on the situation, and there is one confirmed fatality and one serious injury.

The Albemarle County Police Department has not confirmed any deaths, but officials do say there are three serious injuries.

The University of Virginia Health System has tweeted that a total of six people have been transported to the facility, one in critical condition. One person has been discharged, another is in good condition and the others are being evaluated.

Amtrak released a statement on Wednesday afternoon that two crew members and three passengers were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

According to the Associated Press, staff members of Representative Jason Lewis of Minnesota was taken to the hospital to be checked for a possible concussion.

The train was a specially chartered Amtrak train that left Union Station around 8:30 a.m. and hit a garbage truck around 11:20 a.m. just west of Crozet.

Congressmen Tom Garrett, Dave Brat, and Rob Wittman have tweeted they were not on the train. Congress members Bob Goodlatte, Scott Taylor, and Barbara Comstock have also tweeted they were not on the train but were each driving to the event.

Garrett sent out a statement on the crash: My colleagues and my friends were on the train, and it is very likely that or more Fifth District residents were injured during today’s collision. So I would ask that all take a moment today to think about everyone on the train, and keep them in your hearts, thoughts and prayers.

Many of my colleagues were en route to the GOP Retreat when the train carrying them was involved in a collision in Albermarle County.

While we monitor the situation from our office in Washington, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and our first responders and law enforcement professionals who, as always, are doing their jobs and working to save lives.

CBS News says passengers reported being thrown from their seats. Many of the members of Congress were traveling with their spouses and staff.

According to tweets from Representatives Don Bacon of Nebraska and Steve Daines of Montana, they were on the train but not injured. Daines also called for prayers for the driver of the dump truck that was hit.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash, with help from the Albemarle County Police Department.




 
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