Banks on train that collided with truck

January 31, 2018 GMT

U.S. Rep. Jim Banks said Wednesday he and his wife were among the passengers of an Amtrak train that collided with a truck in Virginia.

Banks, who represents northeast Indiana’s 3rd Congressional District, wrote on Twitter: “Amanda and I are on the train carrying GOP members to our annual retreat that just had an accident. We are okay, but please join us in praying for those injured and their families.”

The Washington Post reported that the train was carrying Republican members of Congress from Washington, D.C., to a yearly party conference in West Virginia. The Post said members of Congress and a local NBC affiliate had reported that nobody on the train was injured but that one person had been killed and two people injured.

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, told the Post by telephone from the train, “We appear to have hit a garbage truck.”

Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., told the Post: “Some minor bumps and bruises in this car. We saw debris go by the left side of the train. The part of the truck we can see was decimated. Very relieved when the train came to a stop and still on the tracks.”

For more on this story, see Thursday’s print edition of The Journal Gazette or return to www.journalgazette.net after 1 a.m. Thursday.