The deadly train wreck that occurred in Crozet, Virginia, early Wednesday morning could have been much deadlier, if it hadn’t been for the heroic actions of several GOP lawmakers on board.
GOP Representative Roger Marshall, a physician, was one of the lawmakers who answered the call. Immediately after the train struck the garbage truck, he administered first aid.
Marshall wasn’t the only to help. Tennessee Representative Phil Roe performed CPR on the driver of the garbage truck, according to Fox News. Several lawmakers pitched in as well—those who had training in medicine.
Though the truck driver perished from the accident, others in the truck were airlifted to a nearby hospital after receiving triage care from those onboard.
Ohio Representative Brad Wenstrup and Arizona Senator Jeff Flake helped carry an injured person to safety. Wenstrup had experience as a combat surgeon and, along with Flake, had also played a pivotal role in last June’s shooting when House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was injured in the hip.
“Two tragedies. Two times @JEffFlake & @RepBradWenstrup have rushed to the aid of the injured. These guys are the real deal,” Jason Samuel’s, Flake’s spokesman, tweeted.
“Ultimately, we had about eight doctors with us. We started performing CPR on the one gentleman, who, unfortunately, I believe, probably died instantly,” Wenstrup said in a phone interview with “Your World with Neil Cavuto.”
He added, “The other gentleman, I started taking care of. He was bleeding from his nose and mouth and was unconscious. We maintained his airway and checked everything.”
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