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Train carrying Republican lawmakers hits truck in Virginia, Congressman LaMalfa uninjured

BREAKING: Train carrying Republican lawmakers crashes in Virginia, Congressman Doug LaMalfa uninjured

Posted: Jan 31, 2018 8:59 AM
Updated: Jan 31, 2018 5:34 PM

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North State representative Doug LaMalfa was on that train and said he wasn't sure exactly what exactly happened at the moment of impact, but said fortunately he and most people he knows are okay.

“I’m just sitting there reading or something and bang, my knees hit up against the seat in front of me and I looked out the window. I wasn’t on the side where the accident happened, I was on the opposite side. I saw dust and we soon went past a crossing and I figured we must have hit a vehicle,” said Representative Doug LaMalfa.

He said the train stopped a few hundred yards later, but he couldn't tell that the train was slowing down.

“It didn't feel like there was a sudden application of the brakes.”

They were on their way to an annual planning retreat for the republicans, and though he doesn’t know exactly how many, he said the overwhelming majority of republican lawmakers were on that train.

Some people were taken off the train for minor x-rays.

“Some that were standing, you know, one of my friends that went flying there he might have tweaked his ankle a bit, but he's just going to tough that out,” he said.

Everyone else was asked to stay on the train. He also said he has no idea how that trash truck got there.

“At the crossing, I was able to look at both sides as we went back by; both cross arms are intact and down. I’m not sure how that truck was on the railroad.”

LaMalfa said there is a lot of security around them all the time and sometimes it's even a little embarrassing of how much a fuss it causes when they're traveling, so he does not blame security for this happening.

(CNN) -- A train carrying members of Congress to their legislative retreat in West Virginia, hit a truck Wednesday, multiple sources told CNN.

Rep. John Faso, a New York Republican, who was on the train that crashed, said he was able to see the truck that hit the train, and that he was told that injuries were expected from people in the truck, not train.

"There was (what) looks like a tractor trailer carrying trash that was hit by the train," Faso, who said he was in the third car of the train, told CNN.

"I think everyone on the train is OK," Faso said. "I don't know that for sure, it's a long train. But most of the concern is for the people outside."

One GOP source was unsure how many members of Congress were on the train or how many people were injured, but said there were injuries.

That source said members "hit the deck."

Republican members of Congress were on their way for a retreat at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia starting Wednesday and ending Friday. Vice President Mike Pence, who was not on the train, is scheduled to speak to members later Wednesday and President Donald Trump is scheduled to address the event tomorrow.

The train left from Union Station in Washington earlier Wednesday.

Action News Now has reached out to Northern California Congressman Doug LaMalfa, who confirmed he was on the train but was uninjured. LaMalfa there are a few injuries on the train, but nothing serious. He also says the locomotive might be slightly off the tracks, and is unsure how the engineers on board and faring. Currently, LaMalfa tells us he is in Albemar County Virgina as he waits for transportation.

Action News Now will have more with Congressman Doug LaMalfa during our 12 p.m. show. 

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