Congressman Jason Lewis Hospitalized Following Deadly Train Collision

Update 3: ABC has identified the Congressman who was hospitalized today following a train accident near Charlottesville, Va. that left one dead.



It is Minnesota Rep. Jason Lewis, who represents Minnesota's suburban second district. The district encompasses most of the twin cities' southeastern suburbs, as well as slice of St. Paul.



According to CNN, five patients were transported to UVA Medical Center, with one in critical condition, though it was unclear among the injured who was and was not on the train.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President Trump has been briefed about the accident.

"The President has been fully briefed on the situation in Virginia and is receiving regular updates," Sanders said in her statement. "There is one confirmed fatality and one serious injury. There are no serious injuries among members of Congress or their staff."

Meanwhile, an aide confirmed that Speaker Paul Ryan was aboard the train during the crash. He later tweeted his condolences to the families of the victims.

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Update 2: The National Transportation Safety Board says it's sending a "go team" to the site of today's fatal Amtrak crash in Virginia.



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Update: Of the three passengers that were aboard the dump truck, one has died, according to Fox News and the Washington Post.


According to CNBC, one member of Congress has been sent to the hospital, but their identity has not yet been revealed.

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A chartered train carrying dozens of Republican lawmakers to a Republican retreat in West Virginia collided with dump truck near Charlottesville, Virginia on Wednesday - but fortunately no lawmakers are believed to have been injured in the accident.

"We’re fine, but our train hit a garbage truck. Members with medical training are assisting the drivers of the truck," Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., wrote on Twitter.




According to the Associated Press, a GOP aide said the train is partially derailed. GOP Rep. Tom Cole told the AP that a person in the truck may have been seriously injured.

Cole said he’s not aware of any injuries on the train. A GOP aide speaking on condition of anonymity says no lawmakers were injured.

Cole said he believes the accident occurred south of Charlottesville. The train was en route to the Greenbrier resort in White Sulfur Springs for a three-day issues retreat featuring appearances by President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

Rep. Bradley Byrne tweeted: “The train carrying GOP members to our retreat had a collision, but Rebecca and I are both okay. Security and doctors on board are helping secure the scene and treat injuries.”



Politico reported that riders are currently being checked for injuries.





Republican Rep. Martha Roby tweeted that lawmakers involved in the accident are "okay."



swmnguy Bigly Wed, 01/31/2018 - 13:53 Permalink

Well of course Jones would say that. Because he can find just enough fools to believe him, and buy his overpriced water filtration shit which is why he bothers to do a show in the first place.

Terrible about the crash.  I hate to hear about anything like this.  I even wish Jason Lewis the best and a speedy recovery.  He's a complete prick, worthy of this Congress, but nobody should get hurt even if I don't respect them. We're all human beings.

My beef with Jason Lewis goes back to when he was still a radio political shock-jock.  He's a self-styled, self-taught "Constitutional Scholar."  Which means he has a copy of the Constitution in his bathroom, by the way he talks.  He gave a speech to an Executive Meeting I was producing.  At the end of his misinformed and frankly ignorant talk, he took a few questions.  Somebody asked him what he thought was a misunderstood Supreme Court decision.  Lewis actually said he thought "Dred Scott" was the most unfairly maligned SC decision, because he took it as a landmark decision on property rights.  It completely escaped the stupid fucker that the property in question was a human being.  It was unbelievable.  The room went dead-silent, and Lewis just went right on oblivious.  It seems if somebody is going to be arrogant and pompous, it amuses God to usually make them butt-stupid as well, but that guy adds to stupid a real level of nastiness and glee in cruelty one doesn't always encounter.

Still, I hope he's OK.  Where there's life, there's hope of redemption, so best wishes to those injured and condolences to the person who died.

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Conscious Reviver any_mouse Wed, 01/31/2018 - 22:13 Permalink

There was an issue in CA a few years ago involving trucks and trains. Some details escape me, but basicly, trains were moving goods, oil? That normally went by truck. There were repeated accidents, 3? Over a short period where a Teamster truck wound up on a crossing, just as a train was coming. I believe the final incident involved a passenger train, after which everyone saw the seriousness of the problem and got it all worked out.

The fact that a garbage truck was used in this case was part of the message. Remember Putin's driver jumping the divider and crashing high speed into oncoming traffic. Also, the French Total oil tychoon, friend of Putin who's plane hit a snow plow which somehow got in front of the plane on the runway during take-off.

30 Iranian sailors were incinerated in the last tanker crash incident.

The softball playing congressman who was going to expose pedophiles got his pelvis pulverized.

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Endgame Napoleon toady Wed, 01/31/2018 - 12:46 Permalink

It is very sad. No one anywhere or in any party deserves a train crash or the violence that a few legislators have suffered. Intentional violence is just evil, no matter what the reason. But lawmakers making $175k could cut down on the risk from using our crappy public transportation system by extending their 135-day work year in the US Capitol, attending fewer, expensive, out-of-town retreats in fancy hotels, where they likely intermingle with deep-pocketed lobbyists who have far greater impact on public policy issues, like mass amnesties, than voters.


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