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UPDATED: Congressman Fitzpatrick Helped At Train Crash Scene


The scene of the crash.
Credit: Rep. Greg Walden

UPDATED: 12:51 p.m., Wednesday: 

Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick told NewtownPANow.com that he helped provide medical assistance along with others at the crash scene.

The train was “going fast” and had no seatbelts, the congressman said.

Fitzpatrick, an EMT, said there were less serious injuries inside the train and “much more serious” injuries outside.

The White House confirmed around 12:45 p.m. that there was one fatality and one serious injury. No congressional staff or officials were hurt.

Original Story: 

Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, an emergency medical technician and retired FBI special agent, was on an Amtrak train that crashed into a trash truck late Wednesday morning.

Fitzpatrick was headed to a GOP policy retreat at the Greenbrier resort in West Virginia with members of the House of Representatives and Senate when the crash happened around 11:20 a.m. The chartered train collided with the trash truck in Crozet, Virginia, about two hours outside of Washington D.C. and a few minutes from Charlottesville, Virginia.

Amtrak said in a statement that no serious injuries were reported on the train. However, numerous media reports indicated that at least one person in the truck was seriously hurt and was being aided by elected officials and emergency responders.

Republican Sen. Pat Toomey, who represents Pennsylvania, was not on the train, his office said.

Images from the scene showed the back of the trash truck was ripped off and debris strewn about. One congressman tweeted an image of the damage to the front of the train.

House Speaker Paul Ryan was on the train and unhurt, according to a reporter for The Guardian.

Due to the number of elected officials on the train and the fact Ryan, the second in the presidential line of succession, was aboard, Capitol Police were most likely riding with the elected leaders.

In late January 2017, a large motorcade carrying Senate Democrats to a policy retreat missed a fiery crash in Maryland that killed one person.


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