Inland lawmakers ‘praying for those injured’ in Virginia train crash

Inland lawmakers are praying for those who were injured when Amtrak train carrying Republican lawmakers to an annual retreat struck a truck Wednesday in Virginia.

Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Corona, was aboard the train.

“Please pray for those in the truck that was struck by the train we were riding in,” Calvert wrote on Twitter.

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, tweeted that he was not on the train, having taking “alternate means” to the retreat.

“I am safe, checking with colleagues on their well-being and am praying for those injured,” tweeted Hunter, who represents most of Temecula.

Rep. Paul Cook, R-Yucca Valley, also was on the train but is OK, a spokesman said.

According to a statement from Amtrak, the train struck a vehicle on the track about 11:20 a.m.

“We appear to have hit a garbage truck,” said Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), who was reached by telephone on board the train.

“It looks like it’s been maybe cut in half. We can see garbage strewn around and we can see the back half of the truck. There was a feeling of an impact and you could feel we had hit something. It took us maybe a quarter mile to stop.”

The Washington Post contributed to this report.

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