Republican members of Congress put medical skills to work after train crash

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The NTSB sent a "Go-Team" to investigate Wednesday's crash, led by senior highway safety investigator Pete Kotowski - who has expertise in human performance, highway factors, survival factors, vehicle factors, truck operations, train operations and grade crossing signals.

He confirmed that the driver of the truck was killed in the crash.

The truck that was struck was carrying three people, one of whom was killed and another seriously injured, Senator Bill Cassidy, a licensed physician who helped attend to the injured, said on Twitter.

The train was taking lawmakers to the annual retreat in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, just west of the Virginia state line. The National Transportation Safety Board said it is starting an investigation.

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It said that while the event was under investigation, "this is an opportunity to remind everyone about the importance of exercising caution around railroad rights-of-way".

"We were going at a pretty good speed and all of sudden we heard, obviously, a loud crash and felt an impact", Flake said.

"At this point, it is still classified as an accident, a grade-crossing accident", Weener said. He says they are "in the process" of trying to interview the driver of the truck.

The maximum speed limit for the area is 60 miles per hour.

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"On behalf of the NTSB, I'd like to offer our condolences to the families and friends of those affected by this tragic accident", said Weener.

Officials said Time Disposal has two crashes on record, in 2015 and 2016. "If we find anything that indicates this was intentional, we will hand it over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation". No injuries were reported, but there was damage to the train's engine and the vehicle, which was driven by a 70-year-old woman who got out of her auto before the train hit. "May he rest in peace, you will be missed by many Chris". "And then the other person was severely injured", said Sen. Among the lawmakers, only Rep. Jason Lewis, R-Minn., was hospitalized.

Officials at the University of Virginia Medical Center said four victims from the crash have been treated and released. He described people being thrown around inside the train cars, and how he and other members jumped into action to help the injured. (Zack Wajsgras/The Daily Progress via AP) The railroad crossing arm is seen lowered next to the scene of where an Amtrak train carrying multiple Republican lawmakers crashed into a garbage truck in Crozet, Va., on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018.

Witnesses living near the intersection said there have been previous problems with the stop arms and lights. Soon they would be back on the train for the 15 mile ride back to Charlottesville, where they would board buses for the last 165 miles of their journey.

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Rep. Dan Donovan, R-N.Y., told ABC station WABC that the person who died was inside the truck.