The engineer on the involved train was sacked after the accident because of his toxicology report, according to the NTSB.
"There's a lighted crossing guard where the train crosses", Hill said.
Rep. Roger Marshall of Kansas was one of several congressman on board that are trained physicians.
U.S. Capitol Police officers and state troopers keep watch after an Amtrak passenger train carrying Republican members of the U.S. Congress from Washington to a retreat in West Virginia collided with a garbage truck in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S., January 31, 2018.
Texas Rep. Michael Burgess, also a doctor, described the accident near Crozet, Virginia, as a "scene you don't ever want to see".
They "literally pried open the doors and jumped off the train to assist those injured", said Rep. Barry Loudermilk of Georgia. He said he helped a man from the truck who was badly injured.
When the Amtrak train eventually stopped, McSally said she had a close-up view of the accident with the wreckage just outside of her window.
"Who would've thought that God would've put Brad out there on that field with me because the tourniquet he applied - many will tell you - saved my life so that I could actually make it to the hospital in time with all the blood loss". "It was very hard because he wasn't sedated, but at the same time, it had a positive effect. he gradually was a little bit more responsive although unconscious the whole time", Wenstrup said. Also that year, a distracted driver ran off the road to avoid workers about 100 feet from the crossing.
The segment of track where the crash occurred is owned by CSX Transportation but leased to Buckingham Branch Railroad.
Cole told the AP the train stopped quickly after impact.
There are two advance warning signs, two roadway gate arms, two master-mounted flashing lights and a warning bell at the railroad crossing, according to a U.S. Department of Transportation Inventory Form from January 3.
According to the report, three freight trains pass through the intersection during the day and two at night, on average. After the crash, he said "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". The maximum speed at this crossing is 60 miles per hour.
One GOP source said members "hit the deck". "Yesterday we lost an employee and a brother, his one year old son and mother of his child lost a father". Trump says he was told "it was a pretty rough hit".
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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. They were on their way to the Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.
The train, carrying GOP lawmakers crashed into a truck Wednesday, killing one person.
Fleischmann said he was in a "bit of shock" and significant pain.
The remaining members of Oklahoma's Congressional delegation, including Rep. Markwayne Mullin, Sen.
"Our investigation process is basically a nine point matrix that involves the examination of the three components of a crash", said Kotowski. "Thank you to those who have reached out and please pray for the safety of all involved", Rep. Elise Stefanik, a New York Republican, tweeted. A few of them were taken to the hospital for attention to whiplash and head injuries, but none of the members were seriously injured.
Dozens of House and Senate Republicans were also on the train, on its way from Washington, D.C., to a legislative retreat in West Virginia. There is a train arm at the crossing.
Events of the retreat would go on as scheduled "with an adjusted program", the Congressional Institute said. "Every member of the "Doc Caucus" got out of the train and helped the guys who'd been injured", he said, referring to the self-titled group of doctors who are now working in Congress.
A GOP aide said the train seemed partially derailed.
"We don't have full understanding yet as to what happened", Trump said.
"The president has been fully briefed on the situation in Virginia and is receiving regular updates", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.
A fire truck passes underneath a railroad trestle in Crozier, Va.