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Stephen King Just Issued An Apology After Massive Backlash Over Controversial Tweet

On Wednesday, a train ferrying dozens of Republican congresspeople to their West Virginia retreat crashed into a garbage truck, killing one passenger and injuring several others. It was a tragic accident, but author Stephen King didn't have much sympathy for some of those on board.

Namely, the Republican members of congress:

Unsurprisingly, Twitter users thought King had taken his political thoughts a bit too far:

Facing intense criticism, King issued an apology of sorts:

Twitter was far from satisfied:

King issued another apology — this one a bit more sincere:

You can imagine how conservative Twitter users reacted:

It turns out the crash's fatality was not the driver of the garbage truck, who was injured but is still alive, but one of the train's many passengers.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan was on board during the crash, and tweeted a message shortly after the incident:

While King doesn't exactly sound regretful about his jab at Republican legislators, he did retweet a link to a GoFundMe page created for the family of the crash's victim. 

If nothing else, that sounds like a step in the right direction.

H/T: Entertainment Weekly, CNN