Train carrying GOP House members crashes in Virginia

ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — An Amtrak train carrying several members of Congress to a GOP policy retreat at The Greenbrier in West Virginia has crashed into a truck just west of Crozet in Albemarle County.

The Albemarle County Police Department is on the scene, and national response teams are on the way.

The incident is reportedly a HAZMAT situation, according to Jack Durbin of Newsplex.

A GOP aide said the train partially derailed and representatives described suddenly being thrown from their seats during a fairly normal trip through a small town. Many of the members of Congress were travelling with their spouses and staff.

According to a tweet from Republican Representative Don Bacon of Nebraska, he was on the train, but he is not injured.

"We're fine, but our train hit a garbage truck. Members with medical training are assisting the drivers of the truck," Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., wrote on Twitter.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte's staff tells us that the long-time representative was not on the train, but Rep. Mooney has said that he was, and is in good condition.

House Speaker Paul Ryan has told ABC News that he was on board the train as well and is okay.

Amtrak has released a statement that "There are no reported injuries to passengers or crew members. Local law enforcement is investigating the incident and crews are inspecting the equipment for damage."

However, reports from lawmakers on scene are that the driver of the truck is likely seriously injured and some lawmakers have said that they were helping the injured at the scene.

The NTSB has issued a statement that they are aware of the incident and are tracking developments.

The retreat at The Greenbrier was scheduled to have appearances by President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. The schedule will likely adjust now.

Maine representative Bruce Poliquin was on board the train at the time of the crash. He says he is okay and only sustained a few minor bruises. Poliquin says he is expressing concern for all those impacted and for their families.