Train carrying members of Congress — including House Speaker Paul Ryan — hits a truck

Source: CNN | January 31, 2018 | Lauren Fox, Jeremy Diamond, MJ Lee and Deirdre Walsh

(CNN) – A train carrying members of Congress — including House Speaker Paul Ryan — to their legislative retreat in West Virginia hit a truck Wednesday, multiple sources told CNN.

An aide confirmed Ryan was on the train and is fine. Separately, a congressman on the train told CNN most of the staff and members on the train are OK.

“No serious injuries on the train,” another source said, adding there were only “bumps and bruises” for those on the train.

The Amtrak train left Union Station in Washington earlier Wednesday, and was carrying members of Congress, as well as their spouses, some family members and aides to the lawmakers. They are stopped on the tracks outside of Charlottesville, Virginia.

Rep. John Faso, a New York Republican, who was on the train that crashed, said he was able to see the truck that hit the train, and that he was told that injuries were expected from people in the truck, not the train.

“There was (what) looks like a tractor trailer carrying trash that was hit by the train,” Faso, who said he was in the third car of the train, told CNN.

“I think everyone on the train is OK,” Faso said. “I don’t know that for sure, it’s a long train. But most of the concern is for the people outside.”

Republican members of Congress were on their way for a retreat at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, starting Wednesday and ending Friday. Vice President Mike Pence, who was not on the train, is scheduled to speak to members later Wednesday and President Donald Trump is scheduled to address the event tomorrow.


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    I just read a few miserable Twitter posts, perhaps from liberals, I don’t know, ridiculing the Republicans on the train. No sympathy whatsoever for the killed and injured.

    This is why I don’t have Twitter, Facebook or any other similar social media. Too many rotten and occasionally potentially dangerous posters on those sites. If I want to share anything, including photos, with family and friends, I’ll use email, the phone or just write a letter.

    Prayers up for the dead and injured.

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