After the train carrying Republican lawmakers to their annual retreat in West Virginia collided with a garbage truck Wednesday, crushing the front of the vehicle, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio) sprang into action. Unfortunately, it wasn't the first time the pair has had to act quickly in an emergency situation — both were involved in the heroic rescue of Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) when he was shot during a congressional baseball game practice last year.
Wenstrup is a former Army combat surgeon, and Flake, although without formal medical training, has never been one to shy away from a person in need. The pair responded, along with physician Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), and assisted the critically injured garbage men in the vehicle hit by the train. One of the men later died.
"We've been through this before," Flake told CNN, adding: "It's all too similar." Listen to him discuss the accident below. Jeva Lange