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Local members of Congress not on train that hit truck in Va.

GOP lawmakers were on way to retreat

ALBEMARLE CO., Va. - Three Republican members of Congress who represent the 69 News viewing area were not aboard a train that hit a truck in Virginia on Wednesday.

A spokesperson for 6th District U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello told 69 News that he is not aware of the congressman being on the train, which was carrying GOP members from Washington to a legislative retreat at The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia at the time of the accident.

Costello represents Berks, Chester, Lebanon, and Montgomery counties.

A spokesperson for 15th District U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent said the congressman was also not on the train.

"Regret to hear about the incident involving my GOP colleagues on the way to our retreat," said Dent, who represents Berks, Dauphin, Lebanon, Lehigh, and Northampton counties. "I chose to drive out and am not on the train."

Sixteenth District U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker returned home to Lancaster on Wednesday morning before heading to the retreat, according to his communications director.

"I'll be monitoring the situation and am keeping all those involved in my thoughts today," said Smucker, who represents Berks, Chester, and Lancaster counties.

69 News has not been able to reach someone with U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan's office.

One person died in the accident. Five patients were transported to UVA Medical Center, with one in critical condition, the hospital tweeted, though it was unclear among the injured who was and was not on the train.

Multiple sources said that all members of Congress on the train and their families were OK, with the exception of a few minor injuries.

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 Thursday.

The train left from Union Station in Washington earlier Wednesday.


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