Officials spent much of Wednesday evening walking up and down the train tracks looking whatever clues they could find.
Was it intentional, was it not... after we saw what we hit, it was definitely not intentional. Mike Lee, R-Utah, who was reached by telephone on board the train.
"It looks like it's been maybe cut in half".
"A bunch of us ran to the doors and managed to get out and get back down on the track and started to give first aid to the injured men in the truck", said Dunn. There was a feeling of an impact, and you could feel we had hit something. "It took us maybe a quarter-mile to stop".
Sen. James Lankford told KGOU he was not hurt in the accident.
The Virginia Department of Transportation said the intersection where the crash occurred had flashing signals and gates to prevent motorists from getting on the tracks as trains approach. He tweeted saying he performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation "on [the] train conductor, and helped the two people in the garbage truck who are now in the ambulance. It's a long tractor trailer truck, and I think the axels got stuck on the pavement", Norman said.
Immediately after the crash, a law enforcement team surrounded the train with weapons drawn and searched the area for possible attackers while the injured were treated, said a local emergency worker, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Yoho, a veterinarian, said train staff came through the cars asking if anyone there had medical training.
Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Ark., was on board and said he knew the seriousness of the violent crash right away. "Fifteen minutes later after Charlottesville, I was sitting with Clarinda having a Coke and there was a loud noise". Trains can not go over 60 miles an hour. The part of the truck we [could] see was decimated.
In the early morning of March 14, 2016, an Amtrak train heading from Los Angeles to Chicago derailed in southwest Kansas, injuring more than 30 people. A House GOP aide said the move was part of "standard concussion protocol". One of the truck's passengers died at the scene. Flake and Wenstrup did nearly the same thing last summer in the shooting at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia.
Flake said his wife and 18-year old son were with him and are OK.
Officials say the Amtrak charter train was traveling from Washington D.C.to a retreat in West Virginia.
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Scalise tweeted that he was not on the train and that members of his staff who were on board were safe.
Another Congressman was on his way to the restroom when the crash occurred, which threw him upon impact. Rep. "It was a pretty good jolt", Walden said. Republican members of the House and Senate were on their way to a retreat in the West Virginia countryside to discuss strategy for the upcoming elections.
"There was (what) looks like a tractor trailer carrying trash that was hit by the train", Faso, who said he was in the third auto of the train, told CNN.
Tennessee Rep. Phil Roe, who is a doctor, told reporters about the death Wednesday evening. Bostian had just passed a SEPTA train with a shattered windshield and was "very concerned" about its engineer, who had requested medical attention, according to a transcript of his interview with the NTSB.
"It feels just like a auto accident, big crash".
The GOP caucus was en route to a two-day stay at Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs. They arrived at about 1:30 p.m.
The Congressional Institute said the GOP retreat would still be held, with an "adjusted program". Our prayers are with those in the truck that was hit, and once again we are reminded how thankful we are for our nation's first responders.
"The NTSB does safety investigations", Weener said.
Olmsted says she helped administer CPR and gather blankets and IV's.
He said other transportation methods will need to be arranged as the front of the train is smashed up.
Congressman Barry Loudermilk (GA - 11th District) and his wife Desiree were not injured onboard during the crash. The Associated Press reported that the arms at the railroad crossing "appeared to be malfunctioning the day before the deadly crash".
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