CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (KTUU) - Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan was a passenger on the chartered train that struck a garbage truck, killing one person, early this morning in Virginia, though he said in a post on social media later in the day that he was not hurt. The Senator was not available for an interview Wednesday, but a spokesperson said Sullivan was thankful for everyone's concern.
The train was carrying dozens of republican lawmakers to a party retreat in West Virginia. The crash happened south of Charlottesville, Virginia at about 11:15 a.m. EST, nearly two hours after it left Washington headed to Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., the Associated Press reports.
A spokesperson for Rep. Don Young says Alaska’s lone Congressman was not on board. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is traveling to Alaska today, and was also not onboard.
I’m heading to Alaska this morning and just reading the news about my colleagues on the train and what appears to be a horrible tragedy.— Sen. Lisa Murkowski (@lisamurkowski) January 31, 2018
Thinking and praying for everybody impacted.