CROZET, VA – US Rep. Tom Emmer, of Delano, and his wife, Jacquie, were uninjured Wednesday when the Amtrak train they were riding collided with a garbage truck, killing one and injuring at least two others in the truck.
“Jacquie and I are both aboard the train. We are both OK,” Emmer tweeted. “Thank you to those who have reached out. Praying for all.”
According to multiple media reports, the chartered train was carrying dozens of Republican members of Congress to a strategy retreat when the crash occurred around 11:20 a.m.
Fellow Minnesotans, Rep. Jason Lewis and Rep. Erik Paulsen, were also onboard.
Lewis was transported to an area hospital and treated for a concussion.
His staff tweeted Wednesday afternoon that he had been discharged from the hospital and was en route to the retreat, where he hoped to participate as much as he was able.
Paulsen tweeted that he was OK, and that some on the train suffered minor injuries, but others involved suffered more serious injuries.
The cause of the crash is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.
The crossing where the crash occurred was reportedly protected by crossing arms, flashing lights, bells, and warning signs.