U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Ooltewah, has minor injuries after a train with several congressmen passengers collided with a truck.
The train, which was taking Fleischmann and several other Republicans to a GOP retreat in West Virginia, crashed into a garbage truck on the tracks around at about noon Jan. 31.
Fleischmann tweeted after the wreck that he is fine overall, but a little shaken up from the ordeal.
I was standing up when the accident happened. A little bit shaken up, and praying for all of my fellow colleagues.
— Chuck Fleischmann (@RepChuck) January 31, 2018
He told the Tennessean he was on the way to the restroom when the train wrecked, causing him minor injuries to the neck, back and foot.
Also on the train was Fleischmann’s son, James; Rep. Phil Roe, R-Johnson City; Roe’s wife; and Rep. David Kustoff, R-Germantown. None of them were injured in the wreck.
There is one confirmed death and one serious injury from the crash. Another representative is being treated for a concussion, according to NewsChannel 9.
Fleischmann was also present during a shooting at a GOP baseball practice in June.
Alina Hunter-Grah is a contributing writer. She currently attends UTC, where she was previously the news editor of the student newspaper, The University Echo. Alina also worked at CNN during the summer of 2017 and is the former Chattanooga correspondent for 2nd & Church, a literary magazine based out of Nashville. You can reach Alina at [email protected] or on Twitter @alinahuntergrah.
Updated at 1:45 p.m. on 2/1/18 to correct a factual error. The Amtrack train was heading to the Greenbriar Resort in West Virginia when it crashed, not Virginia as originally reported.