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Rep. Mooney was on train headed to West Virginia that crashed but is OK

U.S. Rep. Alex Mooney, R-W.Va., says he was on the train that crashed on its way to the GOP retreat in the Mountain State, but he reports he is OK. (WCHS/WVAH File Photo)

A Republican lawmaker who represents West Virginia was aboard a train that Politico said crashed near Charlottesville, Va., but reported he is OK.

“I was aboard the train headed to the Greenbrier-- I am fine,” said U.S. Rep. Alex Mooney, who represents the state’s 2nd District, in a post on his Twitter page. “Prayers go out to anyone injured by this accident.”

Mooney told Eyewitness News that one of the drivers of the truck was killed.

U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., was not on the train.

The train that was carrying members of Congress and staff was headed to the GOP Congressional Retreat at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs.

A spokeswoman for the Congressional Institute released a statement about the retreat regarding the incident on the train.

“After consultation with leadership in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate, the retreat will proceed with an adjusted program," the statement said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with those impacted by today’s incident. The program will now include a moment of prayer for those involved in today’s incident and a security briefing from the Sergeant at Arms and United State Capitol Police."


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