ALBEMARLE COUNTY, VA (WOWK) - A train carrying Republican members of Congress to their retreat at the Greenbrier in West Virginia, has hit a truck, reports CBS News.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed to CNN that one person has died in the crash.
"The President has been fully briefed on the situation in Virginia and is receiving regular updates. There is one confirmed fatality and one serious injury," Sanders said.
"There are no serious injuries among members of Congress or their staff. Senior Administration officials are in regular contact with Amtrak and state and local authorities. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone that has been affected by this incident."
The specially chartered Amtrak train departed Union Station in Washington, D.C. at about 8:30 a.m., and the train hit the back of a garbage truck at about 11:20 a.m. in Crozet, Virginia.
The impact threw train passengers from their seats, but so far, lawmakers appear not to have sustained major injuries. Many are also traveling with their spouses and staff.
Multiple West Virginia congressional Republicans have tweeted about the accident.
Amtrak released a statement on the incident that said the train "came into contact with a vehicle that was on the tracks at 11:20 a.m. in Crozet, Va. There are no reported injuries to passengers or crew members. Local law enforcement is investigating the incident and crews are inspecting equipment for damage."
We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.