Mast, two sons OK after train collides with garbage truck in Virginia


A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Brian Mast said the Palm City Republican and his two sons are fine after a train they were traveling on collided with a garbage truck in Virginia Wednesday morning.

Mast and his two sons, 7-year old Magnum and 5-year old Maverick, were traveling to West Virginia for a GOP policy retreat at 11:20 a.m. when the train struck a garbage truck, spokesman Brad Stewart said.

It was unclear if the truck stalled on the track or was trying to beat the train.

Mast and his sons were walking up the aisle when the collision occurred, Stewart said.

“It was a pretty jarring hit,” Stewart said.

The congressman and his sons were unhurt. Mast’s wife had a scheduling conflict, Stewart said, and remained in Florida with the couple’s daughter.

“It’s pretty common for members’ families to come on these trips,” Stewart said, explaining why Mast’s sons had joined their father.

Mast and other GOP congressmen — none of whom were seriously injured, according to news reports — are just outside of Charlottesville, Virginia, waiting for buses that will take them to their destination, Greenbrier, West Virginia.

President Donald Trump’s spokeswoman, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said the president has “been fully briefed on the situation in Virginia and is receiving regular updates.”

“There is one confirmed fatality and one serious injury,” Sanders said. “There are no serious injuries among members of Congress or their staff. Senior Administration officials are in regular contact with Amtrak and state and local authorities. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone that has been affected by this incident.”

The Palm Beach Post was not immediately able to reach other GOP congressmen from Florida.

Stewart said Mast wants his constituents to know he and his children are unharmed.

“Brian and his family are fine,” Stewart said. “There are people who are in need of prayer, and those are certainly appreciated.”



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