Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Investigators reveal more details in deadly GOP train crash

BREAKING: Train derails after smashing into truck – major rescue operation launched GOP retreat train collides with truck; no serious injuries reported
| 03 February, 2018, 14:50

Roe said nobody on the train was seriously hurt, but once he found out the train had hit a truck, his medical training kicked in as he and other physicians on the train got out and attempted to save the life of Christopher Foley, the 28-year-old Virginia man who was killed from the impact.

Onboard the Amtrak train were Republican members of both the Senate and the House, en route to the Greenbrier resort in West Virginia for the traditional post-State of the Union retreat.

Kotowski said his team will be looking at several factors during the investigation.

"At this point, it is still classified as an accident, a grade-crossing accident", Weener said.

Benny Layne, on whose property the truck landed, said the crossing arms had been known to malfunction, sometimes coming down even though no train was approaching.

The maximum speed limit for the area is 60 miles per hour. The NTSB is still investigating whether the train braked prior to impact.

Kotowski says the trash company, Time Disposal, has been in business for 33 years.

Board Member Earl Weener confirmed the NTSB was treating the incident as an "accident", responding to reporter questions about whether it could have been an intentional act targeting GOP lawmakers.

The company announced Thursday that it had set up a GoFundMe page to help support Foley's family. U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman of Hot Springs offered an update on Facebook, telling people: "I am on the train in Virginia. May he rest in peace, you will be missed by many Chris".


He explained that fellow doctors, Rep. Larry Bucshon, a cardiologist, his wife Dr. Kathryn Bucshon, an anesthesiologist, Rep. Michael Burgess, an OB-GYN, and several other doctors and servicemen all had a hand in rescue efforts at the crash site.

Jason Lewis the Republican from Minnesota was taken to the hospital for a potential concussion.

"By the time I got there, I looked outside, there were two patients lying down and obviously, one was in really bad shape, and the other was not in good shape", Marshall told CBS News. Six others were injured, according to the AP.

CSX Transportation owns the tracks where the crash occurred. "And certainly we knew by then that everybody on the train was basically OK".

Rep. Dan Donovan, R-N.Y., told ABC station WABC that the person who died was inside the truck. The train went to maximum braking condition approximately 20 seconds after the transition. The part of the truck we [could] see was decimated.

A neighbor reported hearing a sound like a "big metal crash".

House Republican Greg Walden tweeted a photograph of the scene, showing people standing off the train tracks next to a badly damaged truck, with garbage and debris strewn on the ground.

Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona says seeing lawmaker doctors tending to the injured reminded him of Rep. Steve Scalise's shooting at a GOP baseball practice previous year.

Investigators urge witnesses to come forward with any photos and/or videos from the crash.

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