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Alabama Congressional Delegation members all safe following train crash

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, several members of Alabama’s congressional delegation were involved in an accident when the train they were riding collided with a dump truck. There were injuries and one fatality, but all of Alabama’s delegation were unharmed.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said on Twitter, “I’m thankful members of Congress who were involved in the train crash today are safe. AL’s House GOP members who were on the train are doing well. I am praying for everyone involved. @Robert_Aderholt @RepByrne @USRepGaryPalmer @RepMarthaRoby @RepMikeRogersAL.”

Congressman Bradley Byrne, R-Montrose, said on Twitter, “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.”

Congresswoman Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, said on Twitter, “‏My family and I are safe, but please continue praying for all those involved in this terrible accident.”

Congressman Gary Palmer, R-Hoover, said, “Ann and I were both on the train, but we are fine. We are praying for comfort for the family of the individual who is deceased and praying God’s mercy and healing for the two who were injured and we are praying for the engineer of the train who was also injured.”

Congressman Robert Aderholt, R-Haleyville, said, “I just wanted to send a quick note to let everyone know Caroline and I are fine. We were on the train headed to a Republican planning conference when the train collided with a truck. I’m told one person in the truck has died. Our prayers to that person’s family & any others hurt.”

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Congressman Mike Rogers and his wife were also both on the train but NBC Channel 13 in Birmingham is reporting that both of them are safe.

The train was carrying members of Congress to a Republican retreat in West Virginia when it slammed into a dump truck on Wednesday morning. Lawmakers were thrown from their seats, and at least one person is dead.

The White House confirmed in a statement that there was one “fatality” and one serious injury; lawmakers said this involved those in the truck, which may have been stuck on the tracks when it was hit.

“It was a very high-speed collision,” U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., who was on board, told Fox News. “There was no braking that was felt. We hit an immediate impact and went from 70 to zero very quickly.”

The Congressional members attended President Donald Trump’s State of the Union on Tuesday night.

The lead engine of the train actually derailed in the crash.

Original reporting by Fox News contributed to this report.

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Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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