Train Carrying Lawmakers to GOP Retreat Involved in an Accident

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Posted: Jan 31, 2018 11:40 AM
Train Carrying Lawmakers to GOP Retreat Involved in an Accident

UPDATE (1:59 p.m.): The Amtrak train carrying the lawmakers went in reverse to Charlottesville, where they disembarked. They were transferred to a bus, which will take them onward to the retreat in West Virginia.

UPDATE (12:42 p.m.): An update on the fatality and injury list.

UPDATE: Local news reports there has been at least one fatality and another in critical condition.

***Original Post***

The annual Republican retreat is set to take place Wednesday in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. However, there appears to have been an accident as the lawmakers were en route.

According to Politico's Jake Sherman, the train was involved in a collision. 

Photos of the accident are being shared on Twitter. The driver of the dump truck appears to be injured.

Amtrak has released a statement noting there are no reported injuries to passengers or crew members.

Lawmakers who are on the train have begun tweeting that they are safe.

The retreat features three full days of Republican representatives and senators discussing their 2018 agenda. Both President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are expected to join them.

This post has been updated.