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Amtrak train crash victim was 80, from Alton

The driver of a truck struck by an Amtrak train was identified as Henry D. Bloodworth, 80, of Alton, Madison County Coroner Steve Nonn said Monday.

Bloodworth was pronounced dead at the scene on Sunday, Nonn said. Bloodworth sustained multiple traumatic injuries, according to Nonn. Routine toxicological testing for the presence of alcohol or drugs will be performed at a later time.

The accident was at the Washington Avenue railroad crossing north of Homer Adams Parkway at about 10 a.m. on Sunday. Bloodworth’s Chevrolet truck was struck by Amtrak’s American Eagle, which traveled from San Antonio to Chicago.

None of the 256 Amtrak passengers was injured in the collision.

One of the passengers, Patrick Sullivan, said he smelled a strong smell of gasoline when the train stopped. Police got on board and told them that the train struck a vehicle.

The train resumed its trip to Chicago about 1 p.m. Sunday.

Funeral arrangements for Bloodworth are pending, but are under the direction of Marks Mortuary in Wood River.

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