Train carrying GOP lawmakers crashes into garbage truck

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An Amtrak passenger train carrying Republican members of the U.S. Congress from Washington to a retreat in West Virginia slammed into a garbage truck on Wednesday at a rural Virginia road crossing, killing one person on the truck, authorities said.

No serious injuries were reported among the lawmakers or their staff on the train, the U.S. Department of Transportation said. There was one death and one serious injury among those on the truck, it added.

Amtrak said two crew members and three train passengers were hospitalized with minor injuries after the crash in Crozet, Virginia. One of those, Representative Jason Lewis of Minnesota, was examined for a possible concussion.

ā€œIā€™m fine compared to, tragically, the truck drivers, and thankful for the prompt action of our doctors and first responders. My thoughts are with the family of the driver who passed away,ā€ Lewis told Reuters.

The train was taking lawmakers to an annual retreat being held this year in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, just west of the Virginia state line. Amtrak said the collision occurred at 11:20 a.m. in Crozet, a tiny town between the college town of Charlottesville, Virginia, and White Sulphur Springs.

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, a doctor, said he and other lawmakers who are physicians tended to the injured until emergency personnel arrived. (Reuters)

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<p>Emergency first responders work at the scene of the crash where an Amtrak passenger train carrying Republican members of the U.S. Congress from Washington to a retreat in West Virginia collided with a garbage truck in Crozet, Va. on Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Justin Ide/Crozet Volunteer Fire Department/Reuters) </p>
Train carrying GOP lawmakers crashes into garbage truck

Emergency first responders work at the scene of the crash where an Amtrak passenger train carrying Republican members of the U.S. Congress from Washington to a retreat in West Virginia collided with a garbage truck in Crozet, Va. on Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Justin Ide/Crozet Volunteer Fire Department/Reuters)

<p>This photo provided by Rep. Bruce Poliquin, R-Maine shows emergency personnel standing near a chartered train carrying members of Congress after it hit a garbage truck in Crozet, Va., Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Bruce Poliquin via AP) </p>
Train carrying GOP lawmakers crashes into garbage truck

This photo provided by Rep. Bruce Poliquin, R-Maine shows emergency personnel standing near a chartered train carrying members of Congress after it hit a garbage truck in Crozet, Va., Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Bruce Poliquin via AP)

<p>Passengers watch as emergency personnel operate work at the scene of a train crash involving a garbage truck in Crozet, Va., on Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Zack Wajsgrasu/The Daily Progress via AP) </p>
Train carrying GOP lawmakers crashes into garbage truck

Passengers watch as emergency personnel operate work at the scene of a train crash involving a garbage truck in Crozet, Va., on Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Zack Wajsgrasu/The Daily Progress via AP)

<p>This photo provided by Rep. Bruce Poliquin, R-Maine shows damage to a garbage truck after it was hit by a chartered train carrying members of Congress in Crozet, Va. on Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Bruce Poliquin via AP) </p>
Train carrying GOP lawmakers crashes into garbage truck

This photo provided by Rep. Bruce Poliquin, R-Maine shows damage to a garbage truck after it was hit by a chartered train carrying members of Congress in Crozet, Va. on Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Bruce Poliquin via AP)

<p>Emergency personnel work at the scene of a train crash involving a garbage truck in Crozet, Va., Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Allison Wrabel/The Daily Progress via AP) </p>
Train carrying GOP lawmakers crashes into garbage truck

Emergency personnel work at the scene of a train crash involving a garbage truck in Crozet, Va., Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Allison Wrabel/The Daily Progress via AP)

<p>View of the scene following the accident when a train traveling from Washington to West Virginia carrying Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives collided with a garbage truck, in Crozet, Va. on Jan. 31, 2018, in this picture grab obtained from a social media video. (Photo: Congressman Steve King/via Reuters) </p>
Train carrying GOP lawmakers crashes into garbage truck

View of the scene following the accident when a train traveling from Washington to West Virginia carrying Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives collided with a garbage truck, in Crozet, Va. on Jan. 31, 2018, in this picture grab obtained from a social media video. (Photo: Congressman Steve King/via Reuters)

<p>Emergency first responders work at the scene of the crash where an Amtrak passenger train carrying Republican members of the U.S. Congress from Washington to a retreat in West Virginia collided with a garbage truck in Crozet, Va. on Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Justin Ide/Crozet Volunteer Fire Department/Reuters) </p>
Train carrying GOP lawmakers crashes into garbage truck

Emergency first responders work at the scene of the crash where an Amtrak passenger train carrying Republican members of the U.S. Congress from Washington to a retreat in West Virginia collided with a garbage truck in Crozet, Va. on Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Justin Ide/Crozet Volunteer Fire Department/Reuters)

<p>Emergency first responders and passengers from an Amtrak passenger train carrying Republican members of the U.S. Congress from Washington to a retreat in West Virginia carry one of the injured across train tracks to an ambulance after the train collided with a garbage truck in Crozet, Va. on Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Justin Ide/Crozet Volunteer Fire Department/Reuters) </p>
Train carrying GOP lawmakers crashes into garbage truck

Emergency first responders and passengers from an Amtrak passenger train carrying Republican members of the U.S. Congress from Washington to a retreat in West Virginia carry one of the injured across train tracks to an ambulance after the train collided with a garbage truck in Crozet, Va. on Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Justin Ide/Crozet Volunteer Fire Department/Reuters)

<p>An Amtrak passenger train carrying Republican members of the U.S. Congress from Washington to a retreat in West Virginia is seen after colliding with a garbage truck in Crozet, Va. on Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Justin Ide/Crozet Volunteer Fire Department/Reuters) </p>
Train carrying GOP lawmakers crashes into garbage truck

An Amtrak passenger train carrying Republican members of the U.S. Congress from Washington to a retreat in West Virginia is seen after colliding with a garbage truck in Crozet, Va. on Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Justin Ide/Crozet Volunteer Fire Department/Reuters)

<p>View of the scene following the accident when a train traveling from Washington to West Virginia carrying Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives collided with a garbage truck, in Crozet, Va. on Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Congressman Steve King/Reuters) </p>
Train carrying GOP lawmakers crashes into garbage truck

View of the scene following the accident when a train traveling from Washington to West Virginia carrying Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives collided with a garbage truck, in Crozet, Va. on Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Congressman Steve King/Reuters)

<p>Emergency personnel stand-by near a chartered train carrying members of Congress after it hit a garbage truck in Crozet, Va., Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Zack Wajsgrasu/The Daily Progress via AP) </p>
Train carrying GOP lawmakers crashes into garbage truck

Emergency personnel stand-by near a chartered train carrying members of Congress after it hit a garbage truck in Crozet, Va., Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Zack Wajsgrasu/The Daily Progress via AP)

<p>A handout photo made available by US Representative Jeff Denham shows damage to a train after it hit a garbage truck near Crozet, Va. on Jan. 31, 2018. The train was taking house and senate republicans to a retreat in Greenbrier, West Va. (Photo: Jeff Denham/EPA-Shutterstock) </p>
Train carrying GOP lawmakers crashes into garbage truck

A handout photo made available by US Representative Jeff Denham shows damage to a train after it hit a garbage truck near Crozet, Va. on Jan. 31, 2018. The train was taking house and senate republicans to a retreat in Greenbrier, West Va. (Photo: Jeff Denham/EPA-Shutterstock)

<p>View of the scene following the accident when a train traveling from Washington to West Virginia carrying Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives collided with a garbage truck, in Crozet, Va, Jan. 31, 2018, in this picture grab obtained from a social media video. (Photo: Congressman Steve King/via Reuters) </p>
Train carrying GOP lawmakers crashes into garbage truck

View of the scene following the accident when a train traveling from Washington to West Virginia carrying Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives collided with a garbage truck, in Crozet, Va, Jan. 31, 2018, in this picture grab obtained from a social media video. (Photo: Congressman Steve King/via Reuters)

<p>This photo provided by Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, shows a crash site near Crozet, Va., Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Rep. Greg Walden via AP) </p>
Train carrying GOP lawmakers crashes into garbage truck

This photo provided by Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, shows a crash site near Crozet, Va., Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Rep. Greg Walden via AP)

<p>Emergency personnel work at the scene of a train crash involving a garbage truck in Crozet, Va., on Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Zack Wajsgrasu/The Daily Progress via AP) </p>
Train carrying GOP lawmakers crashes into garbage truck

Emergency personnel work at the scene of a train crash involving a garbage truck in Crozet, Va., on Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Zack Wajsgrasu/The Daily Progress via AP)

<p>This photo provided by a member of Congress, shows a crash site near Crozet, Va., Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: AP) </p>
Train carrying GOP lawmakers crashes into garbage truck

This photo provided by a member of Congress, shows a crash site near Crozet, Va., Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: AP)

<p>Emergency personnel work at the scene of a train crash involving a garbage truck in Crozet, Va., on Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Zack Wajsgrasu/The Daily Progress via AP) </p>
Train carrying GOP lawmakers crashes into garbage truck

Emergency personnel work at the scene of a train crash involving a garbage truck in Crozet, Va., on Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Zack Wajsgrasu/The Daily Progress via AP)

<p>This photo provided by Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, shows a crash site near Crozet, Va., Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Rep. Greg Walden via AP) </p>
Train carrying GOP lawmakers crashes into garbage truck

This photo provided by Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, shows a crash site near Crozet, Va., Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Rep. Greg Walden via AP)

<p>This photo provided by Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, shows a crash site near Crozet, Va., Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Rep. Greg Walden via AP) </p>
Train carrying GOP lawmakers crashes into garbage truck

This photo provided by Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, shows a crash site near Crozet, Va., Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Rep. Greg Walden via AP)

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