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At the scene: Train carrying GOP lawmakers strikes garbage truck
A chartered train carrying Republican lawmakers to a retreat collided with a trash truck in Virginia Wednesday morning.
Debris is scattered next to the track after an Amtrak train collided with a garbage truck in Crozet, Virginia, on Jan. 31, 2018.
Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake described feeling a “big impact” during the crash and then making his way to help one of the injured. He had been traveling with his wife and 18-year-old son in one of the front cars of the train.
“I knew there were going to be bad injuries, so I worked my way back thinking they might need people to help carry people to ambulances, and they did,” he said, calling the accident a “terrible scene.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan was on the train but was not injured, a source told NBC News. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was not on the train, a spokesperson said.