In the aftermath of today’s deadly train crash near Charlottesville, VA, several Republican doctors on board immediately volunteered to help the injured.
Rep. Roger Marshall (KS) was among the first to do so, performing CPR on the Amtrak train’s conductor and also assisting with the two passengers in the garbage truck who survived the initial collision.
Marshall’s Twitter account made the announcement:
Dr. Marshall perfmormed cpr on train conductor, and helped the two people in the garbage truck who are now in the ambulance. They are injured badly.— Dr. Roger Marshall (@RogerMarshallMD) January 31, 2018
Rep. Michael Burgress (TX) joined with Marshall in acting as an emergency first responder, according to a statement from his spokesperson:
Statement from Dr. Burgess’ Spokesperson Emma Thomson: “I have spoken to Dr. Burgess and thankfully he was not injured in the train accident. Following the accident, he helped to administer aid to victims - like he does during any emergency. We hope to share more info soon."— Michael Burgess, MD (@michaelcburgess) January 31, 2018
Rep. Bill Cassidy (LA) also helped tend to the injured and provided an update on the condition of the occupants of the garbage truck:
There were 3 people in the truck that was straddling the track and which the train hit. One is dead. One I am told is being transported but has minor injuries. One has serious injuries—please pray. Laura & I & multiple other physicians tended to the patients until EMTs showed up. https://t.co/qAmoofxakV— Bill Cassidy (@BillCassidy) January 31, 2018
Cassidy also tweeted a picture of the garbage truck, showing the full extent of the damage to it:
Photos from the scene in Crozet, VA pic.twitter.com/qYmIna355K— Bill Cassidy (@BillCassidy) January 31, 2018