Train carrying GOP lawmakers to policy retreat hits truck; 1 dead

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Kansas Rep. Roger Marshall stands outside an Amtrak train that hit a truck while en route to a GOP retreat in West Virginia. (KAKE) Kansas Rep. Roger Marshall stands outside an Amtrak train that hit a truck while en route to a GOP retreat in West Virginia. (KAKE)
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The Latest on the accident involving a train carrying to a policy retreat in West Virginia (all times local):

8:15 a.m.

Kansas Congressman Roger Marshall was among the Republican lawmakers with medical experience to put their skills to work after a train carrying dozens of them crashed into a garbage truck in rural Virginia.

One person in the truck was killed and two others in the vehicle were reported seriously hurt in the Wednesday crash.

No serious injuries were reported among those aboard the chartered Amtrak train, which set out from the nation's capital with lawmakers, family members and staff for a strategy retreat.

Marshall is an obstetrician from Great Bend. He said in a tweet that he performed CPR on the truck's driver. He said it was a "hard day," adding that "today we were not politicians, we were doctors helping patients, trying to save their lives."

2:30 p.m. Wednesday

Staff members say Rep. Jason Lewis of Minnesota has been taken to a hospital after being injured in a train accident in Virginia.

Members of his staff tweeted that the first-term congressman was being checked for a possible concussion after the Wednesday crash.

Officials say the train was carrying Republican lawmakers from Washington to a retreat in West Virginia when it hit a truck on the tracks near Crozet, Virginia.

The White House is confirming one fatality and one serious injury after the chartered train hit a garbage truck.

2 p.m.

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.

1:15 p.m.

A congressman on the train involved in an accident on its way to a GOP retreat in West Virginia says three lawmakers who are doctors tended to crash victims.

Rep. James Comer of Kentucky says the collision destroyed a garbage truck, leaving it "just in pieces."

Comer says Reps. Larry Bucshon of Indiana, Roger Marshall of Kansas and Brad Wenstrup of Ohio came to the aid of crash victims before emergency personnel -- including a transport helicopter -- arrived.

The train was en route to a conference at the Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, and hit the truck in Crozet, Virginia -- which is near west of Charlottesville.

Comer says lawmakers, spouses, and aides had been on the train for about two hours when suddenly there was a crash. The impact made him jump out of his seat.

12:40 p.m.

An Amtrak spokeswoman says a train has come into contact with a vehicle on the tracks in central Virginia -- the same area where members of Congress are reporting their train struck a truck.

Amtrak spokeswoman Kimberly Woods says there are no reported injuries to passengers or crew members after the incident that happened around 11:20 a.m. in Crozet, Virginia. Crozet is about 15 miles west of Charlottesville.

Along with Kansas Congressman Roger Marshall, Rep. Ron Estes and Sen. Pat Roberts said they were on the train.

Woods says local law enforcement is investigating and crews are inspecting equipment for damage.

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