STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

GOP congressmen describe scene aboard train

Two Republicans who were on the train ...

Posted: Feb 1, 2018 8:12 PM
Updated: Feb 1, 2018 8:12 PM

Two Republicans who were on the train that crashed in Virginia on Wednesday described the harrowing scene they came across when they tried to assist those hurt in the collision.

"When we first knew something was up, it felt like we had gone over a boulder. But we quickly saw that there was a truck that had been hit -- a garbage truck," Rep. Brad Wenstrup of Ohio told CNN's "New Day" Thursday. "It was off to the side of the train, garbage thrown all over the place. And then I heard someone say that there was a couple of people on the ground."

Wenstrup and Rep. Roger Marshall of Kansas were two of several doctors aboard the train, which was on its way to a Republican retreat at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. No members of Congress were seriously injured.

When Marshall exited the train, he and Rep. Phil Roe of Tennessee worked on one of the crash victims.

"I also checked for pulse, couldn't find any, so we initiated CPR and tried for several, several minutes," Marshall told "New Day." "Eventually, EMS showed up. We tried shocking the patient a couple times, still unsuccessful, kept with CPR and just never really got the gentleman back."

President Donald Trump said Wednesday afternoon the driver of the truck was killed. On Thursday, the Albemarle County Police Department corrected that information, identifying the person killed as a passenger and not the driver. The driver is alive but in serious condition.

Wenstrup said that while assisting another injured person who was bleeding from his nose, the spouse of a member, who is an anesthesiologist, came to help.

"We were very diligent in trying to make sure that he maintained an airway and that he kept breathing and checking his vital signs. Ultimately, one of the spouses on the train is an anesthesiologist. She made every attempt using some of the equipment brought by the EMTs to do an intubation. It was very difficult because he wasn't sedated, but at the same time, it had a positive effect ... he gradually was a little bit more responsive although unconscious the whole time," Wenstrup said.

This story has been updated to reflect additional information from authorities about the crash.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 2729595

Reported Deaths: 57534
CountyCasesDeaths
Kings35008110971
Queens32689410411
Suffolk2554533688
Nassau2261353332
Bronx2133646806
New York1767984665
Westchester1481672356
Erie1248032050
Monroe976581253
Richmond928091973
Orange62183944
Onondaga59393818
Rockland55509783
Dutchess37964510
Albany34399413
Oneida33196643
Niagara28724419
Broome28212434
Saratoga24658225
Schenectady19328245
Ulster19063291
Rensselaer17411193
Chautauqua14985195
Oswego14170135
Putnam13145101
Chemung12834175
St. Lawrence12815143
Steuben12484190
Ontario11683119
Jefferson11388106
Wayne10251103
Cattaraugus9983157
Cayuga9729113
Sullivan958890
Genesee8633144
Herkimer8312143
Clinton809948
Fulton7854115
Tompkins741461
Madison7365109
Warren730096
Livingston722176
Montgomery7191162
Washington668580
Tioga634473
Cortland609489
Allegany5988122
Columbia5693113
Chenango554795
Orleans549496
Franklin541526
Otsego537063
Wyoming530266
Greene493189
Delaware439951
Lewis420340
Seneca324567
Essex298438
Schoharie268124
Yates198534
Schuyler193320
Hamilton5133
Unassigned1432
Out of NY0339
Utica
Cloudy
38° wxIcon
Hi: 37° Lo: 24°
Feels Like: 31°
Oneonta
Cloudy
32° wxIcon
Hi: 36° Lo: 24°
Feels Like: 26°
Herkimer
Cloudy
38° wxIcon
Hi: 37° Lo: 24°
Feels Like: 31°
Old Forge
Cloudy
38° wxIcon
Hi: 33° Lo: 22°
Feels Like: 31°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
2022 WKTV Golf Card only $99.99
Game Day Deals - New Deals Each Week
Stuff the Bus Locations
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve