An Alton man is dead after his truck was hit by an Amtrak train yesterday morning. The Madison County Coroner says 80 year old Henry Bloodworth was killed after his truck crossed the tracks at the Humbert Road-Washington Avenue crossing at the same time the train was approaching. The accident took place just before 9:30am Sunday.
Alton Police Spokesman Emily Hejna tells the Big Z they believe Bloodworth went through the gate and his truck was struck by the train pushing the truck down the tracks for several hundred yards. None of the more than 250 passengers on board the train were injured. Alton Fire and Police responded to the scene. The train was delayed for several hours while investigators were on the scene. An Amtrak spokesman tells The Big Z the passengers continued on the trip until it eventually ended in Chicago.