Train Carrying GOP Congressmen Hits Truck in Va; Congressmen ‘Doing Pretty Good’

By Melanie Arter | January 31, 2018 | 4:05 PM EST

President Donald Trump (Screenshot of C-SPAN video)

( - A train carrying GOP congressmen hit a train that was on the railroad tracks in Crozet, Va., at 11:20 am Wednesday morning. 

The White House confirmed that one person is dead and another seriously injured, but no members of Congress or congressional staff were seriously injured.

President Donald Trump told reporters in the Oval Office that he spoke with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who was on the train, about the crash, and the congressmen were “doing pretty good.”

"The train accident was a tough one, tremendous jolt. And they're preceding to their conference," Trump said. "We don't have a full understanding yet as to what happened, but it was a train hitting a truck, going at a pretty, pretty good speed and we'll have a full report as to what it looks like the driver of the truck was killed. It's very sad to see that, but they're going on to the conference, and I'll be going to West Virginia, great state.”

Ryan tweeted about the crash, calling it “a terrible tragedy” and expressing gratitude to the first responders who were on the scene.

“We pray for the victims and their families,” he said. “May they all be in our thoughts right now.”


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