Train carrying US Republicans hits truck, killing one

 A chartered train carrying dozens of Republican lawmakers to a retreat in West Virginia hit a garbage truck on Wednesday killing one on the truck and sending a first-term congressman from Minnesota to hospital, AFP said.

The accident happened around 11.20 am in the rural Virginia town of Crozet.

The White House said no members of Congress were seriously injured.

The truck was carrying three people, one of whom was killed and another seriously injured, Senator Bill Cassidy, a licensed physician who helped attend to the injured, said on Twitter.

Train operator Amtrak said there were “no reported injuries to passengers or crew members” on the train, and that local law enforcement was investigating the scene.

But the office of Jason Lewis, a first-term congressman from Minnesota, confirmed to AFP that the House Republican was taken to hospital to be checked for a concussion.

Republican Chuck Fleischmann was injured in the crash. He told Knoxville News Sentinel he was in a bit of shock and was being treated for his injuries at the accident scene

Some members of Congress who are doctors tended to the injured until emergency responders arrived.

Congressman Tom Cole said first responders evacuated at least two inured people on the truck.

Shortly after the accident, Paul Ryan’s office said the Republican speaker of the House was “fine.”

House Republican Greg Walden tweeted a photograph of the scene showing people standing off the train tracks next to a badly damaged truck, with debris strewn on the ground.

Another lawmaker, Congressman Jeff Denham, tweeted a photograph of the mangled front of the Amtrak train.

The accident quickly became a security concern for police and security personnel tasked with guarding members of Congress, as lawmakers jumped off the disabled train to aid the injured.

Senator Jeff Flake helped transport a badly injured man away from the truck, and watched emergency responders try but fail to revive the person who died.

The crash threw everyone up in their seat, Flake told CNN.

The House’s top Democrat, Nancy Pelosi, said she was “praying that all are well both on the train and off.”