Representative Dunn shares his account of GOP Train Crash

Michele Moreno
February 3, 2018

Although there is no evidence the collision was anything more than a horrific accident, disreputable web sites like, YourNewsWire and latched on, reporting with no evidence that the incident was the result of a nefarious "Deep State" plot to either scare Republicans into falling in line or assassinate them, depending on which crank web site or social media feed one happened to be looking at. "Our thoughts and prayers are with those impacted by today's incident", said a spokesperson for the Congressional Institute. Authorities say the Louisa County man died from injuries he sustained from the crash. Vice President Mike Pence, who was not on the train, was scheduled to speak to members later Wednesday and Trump was scheduled to address the event on Thursday.

Rep. Neal Dunn, R-Fla., echoed that sentiment, saying it didn't take long to figure out something was wrong.

"You couldn't miss this crash". There was a feeling of an impact, and you could feel we had hit something. He said Capitol police officers quickly jumped off the train but came back and asked for any doctors to help.

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

"We witnessed a real tragedy", he said in an interview.

Westerman praised the heroic efforts of his fellow lawmakers. He wrote on "We are grateful for the first responders who rushed to the scene and we pray for the victims and their families. President @realDonaldTrump has been briefed on the situation by COS General Kelly in the Oval", the White House tweeted. McSally, the two-term Republican from Southern Arizona, said everyone in her vehicle remained calm as calls went out to open the emergency exits in order to render aid to the victims in the truck. "The driver - I did not see him - was walking around", Rutherford said by phone.

Cassidy said in a tweet that three people were inside the truck at the time of the crash. The report says passenger trains don't go through very often - an average of less than one per day.

Walden said he was not injured. Rep. Roger Marshall of Kansas, a doctor, performed CPR on the truck's passenger, but he could not be revived. One is listed in critical condition and the other in fair condition, hospital officials said. One of those six has been discharged, while the remaining four were being evaluated. Rep. Jason Lewis (R-Minn.) sustained a concussion and was released from hospital after treatment, according to his spokesman.

A garbage truck, in the path of the train now completely destroyed.

The railroad crossing where a train carrying Republican lawmakers struck a trash truck is equipped with two advance warning signs, two roadway gate arms, two mast-mounted flashing lights and a bell to warn of an approaching train.

As ABC News was talking to Westerman, a first responder was walking through the auto where he was still sitting, asking: "Is everybody OK?"

"I looked out the window and I could see what appeared to be a garbage truck rolling on the ground".

The NTSB said it is likely the cause of the accident will not be known for some time.

Amtrak added in a statement that two of its crewmembers and three passengers were among those injured.

The GOP later resumed its schedule.

Vice President Mike Pence, who flew in later in the day, delivered an evening address to lawmakers at the three-day retreat west of the USA capital.

President Trump also commented on the crash in a press conference Wednesday, confirming he still is planning to attend the GOP retreat.

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