GOP train crash leaves one person dead

However, the University of Virginia Health System said 6 patients were transported to UVA Medical Center.

The truck was carrying three people, one of whom was killed and another seriously injured, Senator Bill Cassidy, a licensed physician who helped attend to the injured, said on Twitter. Thom Tillis and Reps.

The crash is in a remote location, he said, with a few houses in the distance.

"It was a big jar, a huge slam", he said in a phone interview with WRAL News. The train doors were locked, but another congressman who was an Army Ranger "knew how to unlock the door and he got us out".

House Speaker Paul Ryan was on board, according to CNN. "I extend my thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families, and offer my honest appreciation for our first responders - who were quickly on scene to assist those in need". An aide for Rep. Jason Lewis (R-Minn.) had been taken to the hospital and was being examined for a possible concussion.

Representative Rick Crawford out of Arkansas gave a special thanks to first responders on the scene.

Faso was on his way with other Republican congressional members to a retreat at Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

The members of Congress were headed to their retreat in Greenbriar, West Virginia for their annual issues conference.

"I looked out the window and I could see what appeared to be a garbage truck rolling on the ground".

The lawmakers were on the train heading to West Virginia.

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) told reporters he was on the train and helped one of three occupants of the truck, who died at the scene.

That source said members "hit the deck". "Please continue to pray for victims and their families".

The chartered train was on its way to a GOP retreat when the accident happened.

In total, six people were taken to the hospital. "Praying.", Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma tweeted. "There's these gentlemen who get up for their regular day at work and something tragic like this happens and I think all of us on the train are pretty substantially affected by this incident".

Several members of the Congress having medical training, assisted the injured. The rest of the train then returned to Charlottesville Union Station.

The Republican retreat, an opportunity for lawmakers to discuss both legislation and politics in the run-up to November's congressional elections, was scheduled to go until midday Friday.

  • Leroy Wright