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A photo posted to Twitter by Rep. Jeff Denham shows the front of the Amtrak train that crashed Wednesday on its way to West Virginia.

1 dead after train collides with truck in Virginia. No lawmakers aboard seriously injured

A train carrying several GOP House members to a Republican retreat in West Virginia collided with a garbage truck today. The White House confirmed that one person died in the accident, adding that no lawmakers or their staff were seriously injured in the accident.

“The President has been fully briefed on the situation in Virginia and is receiving regular updates,” press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. “There is one confirmed fatality and one serious injury … Senior Administration officials are in regular contact with Amtrak and state and local authorities. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone that has been affected by this incident.”

Amtrak spokesperson Beth K. Toll told the PBS NewsHour that a train collided with the vehicle, which was on the tracks, around 11:20 a.m. in Crozet, Virginia.

Many of the lawmakers on board took to Twitter to provide more details of the accident, including pictures of the aftermath and notices that they were okay. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., was aboard the train and was not injured, multiple sources confirmed to NewsHour’s Lisa Desjardins.

Amtrak said initially said no passengers or crew members were injured in the collision. In an update, Toll said two passengers and two crew members were transported to local hospitals with minor injuries. Crews are inspecting train equipment for damage as local law enforcement investigates what happened, it added. But the extent of the damage and other injuries to those inside the truck is unclear.

Several lawmakers on board helped assist those who were injured in the truck. Texas Rep. Michael Burgess, a doctor, told reporters at a news conference Wednesday night it was a “scene you don’t ever want to see.”

One of the lawmakers transported to a local hospital was Rep. Jason Lewis, R-Minn., who suffered a concussion in the crash. He was released Wednesday night and still attend the GOP retreat, according to his staff on Twitter.

“I’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 individual who passed away,” he wrote on Twitter.

PBS NewsHour’s Courtney Norris reported for this story. The NewsHour will update this story as more information becomes available.

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