Zeldin Okay in Virginia Train Accident

Representative Lee Zeldin, with Donato Panico, left, a Smithtown deli owner who was Mr. Zeldin's guest at the State of the Union speech in Washington on Tuesday. Mr. Zeldin was aboard a chartered train that crashed in Virginia yesterday but was not hurt.

Representative Lee Zeldin of New York's First Congressional District was not injured on Wednesday when an Amtrak train on which he was traveling to a Republican retreat hit a garbage truck in rural Virginia. One passenger in the truck was killed and two others were injured.

The New York Times reported on Wednesday that Republican lawmakers had chartered the train to transport them from Washington to a resort in West Virginia for the party's policy retreat, which is to conclude on Friday. More than half of the Republican members of the House and Senate were estimated to be aboard the train, along with many of their wives.

"I am okay," Mr. Zeldin said in a statement issued by his communications director on Wednesday afternoon. "It was clear upon impact that something had gone terribly wrong and I am very grateful that the train was able to stop without severely derailing. Fortunately, our amazing first responders, police officers, and medical professionals, without hesitation, leaped into action with the utmost expertise and professionalism to help everyone in need of first aid. I am praying for all those injured in today's accident and their families and loved ones."

Other members of the New York Republican congressional delegation who were aboard the train on Wednesday included Representatives Dan Donovan of Staten Island and John Faso of Kinderhook.