The Amtrak train carrying a number of Republican lawmakers to an annual party conference set to take place in West Virginia collided with what appears to be a garbage truck near Crozet, Virginia on Wednesday. The extent of injuries is not currently clear, though reports of some injuries have begun surfacing on social media.
According to early reports from the scene, at least one person was killed and two were injured, though Amtrak has issued a contradictory statement claiming that no one on board was injured.
Posts from Republican officials themselves, however, seem to contradict Amtrak’s stance. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, for instance, reported he was on his way to the rest room at the time of the collision and was thrown to the train floor, suffering what he described as “neck, back and foot injures.”
“I’m in a bit of shock right now,” Fleischmann said in a phone call with reporters. “I’m in a whole lot of pain and discomfort.” He went on to explain that it wasn’t immediately clear what the train had hit, but that it was “a tremendously strong impact.”
Other members of Congress have taken to social media to convey that they escaped the collision unscathed, including Kansas Representative Dr. Roger Marshall, whose staffers reported was working to treat injuries on the scene via his official Twitter account.