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GOP Congressmen perform CPR on Amtrak driver after crash


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Congressmen Rep Roger Marshall and Rep Phil Roe, who are also doctors, performed CPR on the driver of a garbage truck that collided with an Amtrak train in Virginia, Wednesday.

The train, which was transporting several Republican members of congress to a retreat where the President is expected to speak on Thursday, crashed into a truck hauling garbage just before noon.

Marshall and Roe both performed CPR on the driver of the truck while other lawmakers rushed to assist others who were injured.

There was one fatality which is widely reported to have be one of the three people who were inside the truck, however the condition of the truck driver specifically is unclear.

Several other congressmen with medical backgrounds also jumped in to tend to those injured and help first responders carry the injured on stretchers.

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Sen. Jeff Flake (second from left) helped move one of the several injured to an ambulance

Congressmen Rep Roger Marshall and Rep Phil Roe both helped perform CPR on the driver of the truck (pictured) that collided with an Amtrak train just before noon Wednesday 

Congressmen Rep Roger Marshall and Rep Phil Roe both helped perform CPR on the driver of the truck (pictured) that collided with an Amtrak train just before noon Wednesday 

‘He answered the call and has been helping people on the scene since,’ Marshall’s spokesperson Charyssa Parent told the Daily News.

She said Marshall offered help when crews were going train to train to find doctors.

Parent added that Marshall who serves as Chairman of the Board of Great Bend Regional Hospital and is an OBGYN ‘is proficient in all things medical.’

She said Marshall also assisted the train’s conductor as well garbage truck passengers who were the most injured. 

‘Memberwide I think there are some bumps and bruises,’ Parent added.

Rep. Larry Bucshon, a former heart surgeon, also reportedly attended to injured passengers.

Sen. Jeff Flake said that he, Rep. Brad Wenstrup, and Sen. Bill Cassidy, who are both physicians, also helped tend to the injured at the what he is calling a ‘terrible scene.’ 

Rep Roger Marshall

Rep Phil Roe

Rep Roger Marshall and Rep Phil Roe, who are also doctors, performed CPR on the driver of the truck whose condition remains unclear

Marshalls wife, Lania Marshall took over for his tweeting and updated that both Marshall and Roe did CPR on the truck driver 

Marshalls wife, Lania Marshall took over for his tweeting and updated that both Marshall and Roe did CPR on the truck driver 

Emergency personnel work at the scene of a train crash involving a garbage truck in Crozet, Va., on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018

Emergency personnel work at the scene of a train crash involving a garbage truck in Crozet, Va., on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018

‘I knew there were going to be bad injuries, so I worked my way back thinking they might need people to help carry people to ambulances, and they did,’ he said, NBC News reported.  

The impact crunched the front of the train’s engine, smashed the truck, and left one person from inside the truck dead and at least five hospitalized – including Rep. Jason Lewis of Minnesota who was hospitalized for a concussion.

University of Virginia Health System tweeted just after 1pm that one of the patients was in critical condition while the others were still being evaluated.  

Flake was among the many lawmakers who sprang into action to help the injured after the accident, helping lift one of the injured to an ambulance. 

Lawmakers revealed some of the immediate damage in the minutes after the crash, which occurred Wednesday afternoon in Virginia.  

‘It was a hard impact. It threw everybody up in the air a little. I don’t think anybody on the train is seriously injured, but I may be wrong,’ Flake told the Post. 

Flake said that several lawmakers who are doctors tended to the victims, including former podiatrist Rep. Brad Wenstrup (Ohio), former heart surgeon Rep. Larry Bucshon (Indiana) and former gastroenterologist Sen Bill Cassidy (Louisiana).

Wenstrup was called a hero after the Congressional baseball practice shooting last year, when he ran to the aid of Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, who had been shot during a Congressional baseball practice outing.

One of the injured is rolled away from the scene on a stretcher with first responders attending

One of the injured is rolled away from the scene on a stretcher with first responders attending

The train slammed into a truck carrying trash late Wednesday morning 

The train slammed into a truck carrying trash late Wednesday morning 

First responders attended to the victims and the scene after the crash that happened noon on Wednesday 

First responders attended to the victims and the scene after the crash that happened noon on Wednesday 

The mangled wreckage of the truck that collided with an Amtrak train on Wednesday  

The mangled wreckage of the truck that collided with an Amtrak train on Wednesday  

Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon shared a photo that showed a truck carrying trash had been upended, with trash strewn all over the ground. 

‘I’m on the train w/members of Congress that was just involved in a crash. I’m ok. Most members are ok but serious injuries on the ground,’ wrote Kentucky Rep. James Comer on Twitter. 

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that the president ‘has been fully briefed on the situation in Virginia and is receiving regular updates’. 

‘Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone that has been affected by this incident,’ she added. 

Passengers watch as emergency personnel operate work at the scene of a train crash involving a garbage truck in Crozet, Va., on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018

Passengers watch as emergency personnel operate work at the scene of a train crash involving a garbage truck in Crozet, Va., on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018

Emergency personnel work at the scene of a train crash involving a garbage truck in Crozet, Va., on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 201

Emergency personnel work at the scene of a train crash involving a garbage truck in Crozet, Va., on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 201

The three people on the truck bore the brunt of the injuries. 

‘They were thrown from the truck and one appears to have been stabilized and air evacuated and the other one I don’t have eyes on right now,’ Rep. French Hill told CNN.  

A statement from Amtrak reported that the accident occurred at 11:20am Wednesday morning in Crozet, Virginia. 

It was en route to the annual retreat at the Greenbrier hotel. Lawmakers annually pile into the train together from Union Station in Washington, D.C.  

The train slammed into a tractor trailer, leading to one fatality and one serious injury

A train hauling Republican lawmakers to their annual retreat in West Virginia slammed into a tractor trailer that had crossed the track Wednesday

A train hauling Republican lawmakers to their annual retreat in West Virginia slammed into a tractor trailer that had crossed the track Wednesday

The crash occurred in Crozet, Virginia

The crash occurred in Crozet, Virginia

 



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