GOP lawmakers and their aides reportedly unharmed
A chartered Amtrak train carrying dozens of Republican lawmakers to a GOP policy retreat stuck a garbage truck in rural Virginia on Wednesday. Five Arkansas legislators were passengers on the train. No lawmakers were reported injured, though an individual inside the garbage truck was killed and another seriously injured.
Arkansas Reps. Bruce Westerman, Steve Womack, French Hill and Rick Crawford were all aboard the train during the accident. All are reported to be unharmed. Sen. John Boozman and his wife were also on the train and are same, according to officials with the senator’s office.
Sen. Tom Cotton was not on the train.
Amtrak spokeswoman Kimberly Woods says there were no reported injuries to passengers or crew members after the incident, which happened around 11:20 a.m. in Crozet, Virginia. Crozet is about 15 miles west of Charlottesville.
Lawmakers were headed to the Greenbriar resort in White Sulpher Springs, W.Va., an annual three-day event to feature speeches from President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Lawmakers have since boarded buses to resume their trip, according to reports.
According to accounts, there were approximately 100 Republican lawmakers on the train at the time of the crash, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, who was also unharmed.