Rep. Austin Scott among GOP lawmakers on train involved in collision

(41NBC/WMGT) – Republican lawmakers and aides say a train carrying them to a policy retreat in West Virginia has struck a truck. Rep. Austin Scott reported on his official Facebook page updated his followers, “We were on the train today. Fortunately, Vivien, Gabriela, and I are ok. Please pray for those who were injured in the accident.” Vivien is Scott’s wife, and Gabriela is his daughter.

Oklahoma GOP Rep. Tom Cole says a person on the truck may have been injured. Emergency workers were on the scene.

Cole says he’s not aware of any injuries on the train. A GOP aide speaking on condition of anonymity because the aide was not authorized to speak publicly says no lawmakers were injured.

Cole says he believes the accident occurred near Charlottesville, Virginia. The chartered Amtrak train carrying GOP lawmakers collided with a garbage truck in Crozet, West Virginia, according to NBC News

A GOP aide said most people seem to be okay, but “there appears to be some injuries.”

U.S. Representative Carlos Curbelo told MSNBC, “the train is almost entirely occupied by members of Congress and their spouses.”

(Information from AP/CNN/NBC News.)


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