Washington, February 1: One person was killed when a fast-moving train carrying United States lawmakers to a retreat in West Virginia slammed into a garbage truck on Wednesday, the White House said, adding that no members of Congress were seriously hurt in the accident. Also Read - Over 150 National Guard Troops Deployed For Biden's Inauguration Test Positive For Coronavirus
“There is one confirmed fatality and one person is seriously injured. There are no serious injuries among members of Congress or their staff,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a press statement, adding the President Donald Trump has been briefed on the accident. Also Read - NASA Lends 3.9-Billion-Year-Old Moon Rock For Display in Oval Office of The White House
A number Republican Senators were onboard the Amtrak train taking them to an annual retreat at a resort in West Virginia, west of the capital Washington when it hit a truck on the tracks. Also Read - President Biden Gets Rid of Trump's Diet Coke Button From White House Desk, Twitter is Thoroughly Amused
“The train carrying GOP members to our retreat had a collision, but Rebecca and I are both okay. Security and doctors on board are helping secure the scene and treat injuries,” he added.
Paul Ryan’s office said that the Republican Senator and House speaker was “fine”.
Vice President Mike Pence – was to fly in later in the day, and was not on the train.