Congressman Jason Lewis injured in train crash

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Associated Press

A train carrying more than a dozen members of Congress to a GOP retreat in West Virginia struck a garbage truck on Wednesday morning, leaving one person dead and multiple injured.

UVA Medical Center announced that five patients were admitted after the crash, including one in critical condition. None of the lawmakers, their staff, or their families suffered life-threatening injuries, and several, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, quickly tweeted that they'd survived the crash without incident.

U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis, who represents Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District, was among a handful of passengers taken to the hospital for treatment, in Lewis' case for a possible concussion.

“I’m fine compared to, tragically, the truck drivers, and thankful for the prompt action of our doctors and first responders,” Lewis said, in a statement released by his office. “My thoughts are with the family of the individual who passed away.”

The two-day GOP retreat at the Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, is scheduled to go on, with the addition of a moment of prayer for the victims of the crash.

Lewis' office released an update Wednesday afternoon:

“Rep. Lewis is grateful for the care of the clinical staff at the UVA Medical Center in Charlottesville. He’s been discharged and travelled onto the GOP retreat, where he is recovering from a concussion. He looks forward to participating in the retreat as much as he is able.”


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