By ELIZABETH TYREE, WSET
CROZET, Va. (WSET) - A train carrying members of Congress to a legislative retreat in West Virginia collided with a truck just outside Charlottesville, Virginia, Wednesday.
The White House said one person died in the accident and one person was seriously injured.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone that has been affected by this incident," White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.
Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., said she was on the train and heard that three people were in the truck.
Several GOP lawmakers took to Twitter to say they were OK.
Amtrak issued a statement saying that the train came in contact with a vehicle that was on the tracks at 11:30 a.m. in Crozet, near Lanetown and Marymart Farm Roads.
Our train heading to the GOP Retreat in West Virginia has been involved in an accident. I am safe but first responders are treating minor injuries on the train & treating the truck drivers. Praying....— Sen. James Lankford (@SenatorLankford) January 31, 2018
Police have asked everyone to avoid the area as there are several road closures.
There are no reported injuries to passengers or crew members on board the train, Amtrak said.
According to the University of Virginia Health System, three patients were taken to UVA Medical Center and two others were taken to another facility.
At this time, after the train crash in Crozet, three patients have been transported to UVA Medical Center, and two additional patients are being transported here. One patient is in critical condition; the remaining patients are still being evaluated— UVA Health System (@uvahealthnews) January 31, 2018
Of those patients, the health system says one is in critical condition and the others are being evaluated.
Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., said he felt "a tremendous jolt" when the accident happened.
He said the train stopped quickly after impact. He said several GOP lawmakers who are doctors got off the train to assist, including Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, who was also at last June’s shooting of Republicans at a baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, and treated some of the victims.
Other doctor-lawmakers who helped include Reps. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, Phil Roe, R-Tenn., and Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., according to The Associated Press.
Cole said the accident apparently occurred at or near a crossing because he could see railroad crossing gates and that lawmakers had not been told when they would resume their trip to their retreat.
Local law enforcement is investigating the incident and crews are inspecting equipment for damage.
Amtrak spokeswoman Kimberly Woods told the Associated Press there were no reported injuries to passengers or crew members after the incident.
Republican members of Congress were on their way to a retreat at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, that was supposed to go through Friday.
A spokesperson for the Congressional Institute said lawmakers will still go to The Greenbriar in West Virginia but will proceed with an adjusted program.
“After consultation with leadership in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate, the retreat will proceed with an adjusted program. Our thoughts and prayers are with those impacted by [Wednesday's] incident.”
The spokesperson said the program will now include a moment of prayer for those involved in the accident and a security briefing from the Sergeant at Arms and United States Capitol Police.
Vice President Mike Pence was scheduled to speak late Wednesday and President Donald Trump is set to address the event Thursday.
The train left Union Station in Washington earlier Wednesday.
Pence says he and President Trump are getting updates on the situation.
Pence tweeted he was praying for all involved and that he was "grateful for the swift action of first responders."
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., tweeted, saying the "incident was a terrible tragedy."
Today’s incident was a terrible tragedy. We are grateful for the first responders who rushed to the scene and we pray for the victims and their families. May they all be in our thoughts right now.— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) January 31, 2018
Ryan said he was grateful for the first responders who "rushed to the scene" and he is praying for the victims and their families.
I am not on the train to the GOP retreat this morning -- driving separately to the event. I hope you'll join me in praying for my colleagues, those in the truck, and all involved in this accident.— Bob Goodlatte (@RepGoodlatte) January 31, 2018
I am not on the train headed to the GOP Retreat in West Virginia. We are following breaking news reports from our office in Washington as we pray for the injured.— Tom Garrett (@RepTomGarrett) January 31, 2018
Virginia GOP lawmakers Bob Goodlatte and Tom Garrett were not on the train.
Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., said about 100 Republican lawmakers were on the train when the crash occurred.
“I looked out the side of the window and then I could see a truck, just in pieces out the side of the window,” Comer said. “It was a garbage truck that was apparently, I would assume, trying to cross the tracks.”
Comer said Capitol Police quickly jumped off the train, but came back and asked for any doctors to help. Comer said lawmakers performed CPR on one person.
Comer says lawmakers, spouses and aides had been on the train for about two hours when suddenly there was a crash. The impact made him jump out of his seat.
A GOP aide said the train seemed partially derailed.
I was on the train this morning, but I'm unharmed. Please keep the driver of the truck in your prayers.— Rep. Glenn Grothman (@RepGrothman) January 31, 2018
On the train and okay. Prayers for the drivers of the truck.— Steve Daines (@SteveDaines) January 31, 2018