Truck hit by train carrying GOP lawmakers was in crossing after warning, NTSB says

The train carrying members of Congress to a Republican retreat in West Virginia last month struck a garbage truck that had entered a railroad crossing after safety gates had come down, according to a new report released Wednesday.

The National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report that witnesses told investigators the truck drove onto the crossing after the warning gates had lowered.

The train, which was operated by Amtrak, also had a forward-facing camera, which showed as the crossing came into view, "the gates were down and the refuse truck was on the grade crossing."

One trash company employee was killed in the Jan. 31 crash, while the truck driver, another employee and several others on the train were injured.

The NTSB said the crash happened around 11:16 a.m., as the Congressional Special Amtrak Train 923 approached the crossing in Crozet, Va. at about 61 miles per hour when "the engineer applied emergency braking."

After striking the truck,"an axle on the front locomotive on the train derailed but remained upright, according to the NTSB.

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