CROZET, Va. (AP) — Republican members of Congress with medical expertise put their expertise to work after a practice carrying dozens of them crashed right into a rubbish truck in rural Virginia, killing one individual within the truck and injuring others.
The congressmen have been on their approach to a technique retreat within the countryside when the collision occurred round eleven:20 a.m. Wednesday in Crozet, about one hundred twenty five miles (200 kilometers) southwest of Washington.
No critical accidents have been reported aboard the chartered Amtrak practice, which set out from the nation’s capital with lawmakers, relations and employees for the posh Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. At the least two different individuals within the truck have been reported critically harm.
Rep. James Comer of Kentucky stated about one hundred Republican lawmakers have been on the practice when the crash made him bounce out of his seat.
“I seemed out the aspect of the window after which I might see a truck, simply in items out the aspect of the window,” Comer stated. He stated Capitol cops shortly jumped off the practice however got here again and requested for any docs to assist.
Florida Rep. Neal Dunn, a former Military surgeon, stated he and different lawmakers who’re docs joined different passengers who’re nurses or paramedics and jumped out with the essential medical gear that they had. They broke into three groups to assist the injured individuals within the truck, he stated.
“The primary gentleman was someone who had actually, actually, actually devastating accidents. We did attempt to resuscitate, however finally you needed to understand it wasn’t potential,” Dunn stated.
The Albemarle County Police Division recognized the passenger killed as Christopher Foley, 28, of Louisa County.
Dunn stated one other man within the truck was critically injured and a 3rd was significantly harm.
Sen. Invoice Cassidy of Louisiana and his spouse, each docs, have been amongst those that got here to the rescue. He stated he helped a person from the truck who was badly injured.
“My position was fairly easy: I picked up his ft so the blood in his ft would go to his coronary heart and his mind,” Cassidy stated.
Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona stated seeing the lawmakers tending to the injured reminded him of the capturing of Rep. Steve Scalise at a GOP baseball follow final June.
“I assumed then I by no means need to expertise a day like this once more,” Flake stated. “Sadly, it got here too quickly.”
Authorities gave no particulars on the reason for the wreck, which occurred at a crossing protected by gates, flashing lights, bells and warning indicators….