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Earlier story: Fatality reported after Amtrak train hits truck in Madison County

An Amtrak pasenger train collided with a truck Sunday morning in Madison County, resulting in a fatality.

A passenger on the train, Belleville attorney Patrick Sullivan, said the train stopped about 10 a.m. in the Godfrey area, and passengers noticed an odor of gasoline. Police officers boarded the train and said it had collided with a truck, Sullivan said.

The police officers told passengers the train wouldn’t be moving for at least an hour, according to Sullivan.

Coroner Steve Nonn confirmed there was at least one fatality. Nonn said an investigator from the coroner’s office was on the scene as of 11 a.m.

Sullivan said there were numerous emergency vehicles on the scene.

Amtrak officials said the train is the Texas Eagle, which runs between San Antonio and Chicago. It hit a pickup at the Washington Street crossing in Alton.

None of the 256 passengers or crew members aboard the train suffered injuries.

Amtrak officials said the Washington Street crossing is marked with gates, flashers, and bells.

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