A train carrying Republican lawmakers hit a rubbish truck on the track in Virginia, leaving at least one man dead and another seriously injured.

The US politicians, including Paul Ryan, the House Speaker, were on their way to a policy retreat in West Virginia when the crash occurred. 

The truck was reportedly attempting to cross the train line crossing near Charlottesville, Virginia, when the crash occurred, hitting the three people in the vehicle.

None of the passengers on board the train are believed to have suffered significant injuries.

Senator Jeff Flake was travelling on the train and said the collision "threw everybody up in their seats". 

A chartered train carrying dozens of GOP lawmakers to a Republican retreat in West Virginia struck a garbage truck south of Charlottesville, Virginia Credit:

Mr Flake described what he saw: "I was next to the window. I looked back and saw the garbage truck smashed up. I got up and worked my way back about 10 cars." 

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When he got to the truck two other senators were already there working on an injured man with some paramedics and cutting away some of the clothing.

Mr Flake said: "There was another a few feet away but he was deceased. They worked on him for a while but couldn’t revive him."

Congressman Greg Walden, who represents Oregon, was also travelling on the train.

He told CNN from the scene that the train “struck a garbage truck that was attempting to cross the tracks”, adding that “the guard rails at the crossing were down”. 

Mr Walden said when the truck hit the train it "overturned”, causing injuries to the two people who were in the vehicle. 

“They were thrown from the truck. One appears to have been stabilised and air evacuated,” he said. 

Doctors among the Republican group rushed out to help those injured, Mr Walden said.  He added that one of the injured was later sent to hospital by helicopter. 

Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, said Donald Trump had been fully briefed on the situation.  She said: "There is one confirmed fatality and one serious injury. 

 Amtrak train collides with garbage truck in CrozetCredit:

"There are no serious injuries among members of Congress or their staff. "Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone that has been affected by this incident."

Senator Bill Cassidy from Louisiana, who is a doctor, was among those who tended to the victims in the truck. 

He wrote on Twitter: "There were 3 people in the truck that was straddling the track and which the train hit.

"One is dead. One I am told is being transported but has minor injuries. One has serious injuries.

"Please pray. Laura (his wife) and I, and multiple other physicians, tended to the patients until EMTs showed up."

The train was en route to the Greenbrier resort in White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia, for a three-day policy retreat.  President Donald Trump was due to reach the retreat on Thursday but it is unclear whether he will still attend. 

A spokeswoman for Amtrak, which runs the train service, said: "An Amtrak train came into contact with a truck that was on the tracks at 11:20 a.m. in Crozet, Virginia. 

"Two Amtrak crew members and three passengers were transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. Local law enforcement is investigating the incident."

Lee Zeldin, a congressman from New York, told CNN: "It certainly shocked everyone on the train, it was a pretty hard collision. Really thankful the train was able to stay on the tracks. It came to a halt within a quarter mile or so. The train is stopped next to the truck.

"We were on our way to the retreat so almost all of the House and Senate Republicans were on it, not everyone but close to it.

"We are hearing of injuries on the train. Fortunately, among the delegation you have a lot of doctors.

"Some people might have been standing at the time. Everyone was praying for a person they were rendering first aid to next to the train. Any injuries on the train are minor compared to the scene right next to it. There was someone a few rows behind me who was getting first aid."

He said there were children of Republican politicians on the train.