Rep. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) performed CPR on the conductor of a train carrying GOP House members after it collided with a garbage truck in Virginia Wednesday morning.
“He did perform CPR,” spokesperson Charyssa Parent told the Daily News.
Parent confirmed that Marshall responded when “they went train to train trying to find doctors to help people.”
“He answered the call and has been helping people on the scene since,” Parent said.
Marshall is an OB-GYN and serves as Chairman of the Board of Great Bend Regional Hospital. “He is proficient in all things medical,” Parent said.
She added that Marshall was attending to the train’s conductor and to garbage truck passengers who were the most injured.
“Memberwide I think there are some bumps and bruises,” Parent added.
Amtrak train carrying GOP lawmakers crashes into truck
The train carrying Republican lawmakers was en route to a retreat at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, when the collision occurred in Crozet, Va.
Marshall tweeted around 11:45 a.m. Wednesday to say that the train had crashed.
“We are on our way to our annual GOP retreat, the train carrying members and spouses hit something. Laina and I are ok, I am helping those that are injured, I will have Laina keep you updated as I know more,” he said.
Other House members with medical training were aboard the train when it hit the truck.
Rep. Larry Bucshon, a former heart surgeon, was reportedly attending to injured passengers.
Sen. Jeff Flake said that he, Rep. Brad Wenstrup, and Sen. Bill Cassidy, who are both physicians, also helped tend to the injured.
A chartered train carrying dozens of GOP lawmakers to a Republican retreat in Virginia struck a garbage truck in Crozet, Va. on Wednesday, lawmakers said.
(Zack Wajsgrasu/The Daily Progress via AP)
“I knew there were going to be bad injuries, so I worked my way back thinking they might need people to help carry people to ambulances, and they did,” he said, NBC News reported.
He called the accident a “terrible scene.”
He said that the incident brought back memories of last year’s shooting at the congressional baseball game practice, according to CNN.
Oklahoma GOP Rep. Tom Cole said that fellow member of Congress acted as first responders.
“There were the first ones rendering assistance,” Cole told CNN. “Then you pretty quickly had emergency first responders, paramedics, a lot of fire vehicles and ambulance here now. But yeah, they were administering CPR to the folks that had been hurt in the crash.”