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Witnesses interviewed by the NTSB reported "issues" at the grade crossing where an Amtrak train carrying GOP lawmakers slammed into a garbage truck near Charlottesville, Virginia, NTSB officials confirmed Thursday.

Positive train control had been installed in the Northeast corridor where the crash occurred, but investigators said a series of human errors, such as not properly establishing the work zone, circumvented the technology.

He also said NTSB has been on scene investigating the train and truck involved. At a Wednesday night news conference, Weener said signal experts would be looking at the safety of the crossing. "Should we find anything that indicates differently, we'll immediately involve the proper authorities". "Today's incident was a bad tragedy". "Just know our hearts are with you", he said.

A dispatcher for the Albemarle County Police Department said police and fire and rescue units had been sent to the crash site but had no information about injuries.

Rep. Neal Dunn, R-Fla., echoed that sentiment, saying it didn't take long to figure out something was wrong.

"You couldn't miss this crash". This was a huge trash truck.

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"You could feel we had hit something", said Sen.

Several members of the Congress having medical training, assisted the injured. Several people who were walking in the hallway were knocked to the floor.

Westerman praised the heroic efforts of his fellow lawmakers.

The aftermath of the accident was eerily similar to when Republican lawmakers were fired upon at a GOP baseball game in Virginia, that let House Republican Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and three others wounded.

First District Congressman James Comer of Kentucky looked out the window after feeling the impact.

They said there have been complaints about equipment malfunctions at the crossing. From the back of the train, he heard a loud bang, and it was apparent to Roe that the train hit something when the impact caused him to spill his Diet Coke on his wife. US Representative Carlos Curbelo told MSNBC there were minor injuries but "most people are OK". One of the patients was listed in critical condition, one was in good condition, one was released, and three were still being evaluated as of 5 p.m.

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Minnesota Rep. Jason Lewis' staff tweeted that the first-term congressman was among those taken to the hospital and was later discharged after suffering a concussion. Lawmakers took buses from there to the retreat in White Sulphur Springs. Flake said the front of the train "smashed the truck pretty badly" and saw both of the passengers of the truck were badly injured.

"The NTSB does safety investigation, so the fact that we're here is a presumption that it was an accident", he added.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone that has been affected by this incident".

Two Amtrak crew members also were transported to a hospital, along with two passengers.

The GOP later resumed its schedule.

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