Five Arkansas congressmen are safe after an Amtrak train collided with a garbage truck in West Virginia.
The train was carrying several GOP legislators including Representatives Rick Crawford, French Hill, Steve Womack, Bruce Westerman and Senator John Boozman.
Rep. Crawford shared a video with THV11 that he took from inside the Amtrak train after the collision.
Damage from the crash a few minutes ago. Grateful for my colleagues administering care, praying for those injured. I am fortunate enough to be safe. pic.twitter.com/6Mh0LRUOiD— Rep Rick Crawford (@RepRickCrawford) January 31, 2018
Currently, there is one confirmed death and one person seriously injured in the crash. There were no serious injuries reported among the lawmakers or their staff.
I am on the train in Virginia. I am fine. No one on the train was injured, as far as I know. Please keep the three people on the truck (and their families) in your prayers.— Rep. Bruce Westerman (@RepWesterman) January 31, 2018
The train collided with the garbage truck about 126 miles away from Washington, D.C.
Republican legislators were heading to West Virginia for a Republican retreat on Thursday.
Our train heading to the GOP Retreat in West Virginia has been involved in an accident. I am safe, but praying for all involved.— Rep. Steve Womack (@rep_stevewomack) January 31, 2018
Senator Tom Cotton's office told the Arkansas Democrat Gazette he was not on the train.
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