ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — One person is dead and one seriously injured after an Amtrak train carrying several members of Congress to a GOP policy retreat at the Greenbrier in West Virginia crashed into a garbage truck just west of Crozet, Virginia this morning.
The train was a specially chartered Amtrak train that left Union Station around 8:30 a.m. and, at 11:20 a.m., collided with garbage truck.
The truck was torn in half. The incident apparently occurred at or near a crossing in the area.
According to a statement by Amtrak, "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."
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed to media that one person did die in the collision, however, and one was seriously injured, although there were "no serious injuries" among members of Congress or their staff. Those on scene say the single fatality was one of the drivers of the truck that was hit.
Lawmakers say there were three people on that truck.
The UVA Medical Center says three patients were transported, with one in critical condition. Two others are on the way.
According to Amtrak, two of those are crew members and two more are passengers from the train.
Those numbers are out of somewhere between 200 and 250 people who were on board.
The Albemarle County Police Department is on the scene, and national response teams are on the way.
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.
House Speaker Paul Ryan told ABC News that he was on board the train and is okay.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone that has been affected by this incident," said Sanders.
Here's a look at everyone who was on the train (list of members will be updated):
• House Speaker Paul Ryan
• Rep. Bruce Poliquin, R-Maine
• Rep. French Hilll, R-Arkansas
• Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Washington
• Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas
• Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Michigan
• Rep. Rick Allen, R-Georgia
• Rep. Susan Brooks, R-Indiana
• Rep. Ron Estes, R-Kansas
• Rep. Steve Womack, R-Arkansas
• Sen. Mike Rounds, R-South Dakota
• Rep. Keith Rothfus, R-Pennsylvania
• Rep. Alex Mooney, R-West Virginia
• Rep. Martha McSally, R-Arizona
• Rep. Don Bacon, R-Nebraska
• Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas
• Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas
• Rep. Steve Daines, R-Montana
• Rep. Drew Ferguson, R-Georgia
“My heart aches for the families of the those who are impacted by this horrible tragedy," said Rep. Bruce Poliquin. "Those of us on the train are mostly shaken but will be fine. Life is precious and fragile. Every day is a blessing. Hug your kids and loved ones every chance you get.”
Oklahoma GOP Rep. Tom Cole said several GOP lawmakers who are doctors got off the train to assist, including Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, who was also at last June's shooting of Republicans at a baseball practice in nearby Alexandria, Virginia, and treated some of the victims.
Other doctor-lawmakers who helped included Reps. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, Phil Roe, R-Tenn., and Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La.