CHENOA — A man struck and killed by a passenger train Friday in Chenoa has been identified as Anthony Bernardini, 53, of Spring Valley, according to McLean County Coroner’s Office.
Bernardini was seen walking from a Caseys store at approximately 9 p.m. Friday, just prior to the incident on the tracks. Upon arrival, rescue personnel found a man without signs of life and pronounced him dead at the scene at 9:43 p.m., according to press releases from the coroner’s office.
The coroner’s office confirmed Bernardini’s identity using fingerprint analysis with help of the Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services.
Preliminary evidence indicated Bernardini was struck by a northbound Amtrak train while walking near the intersection of U.S. 24 and Morehead Street. An autopsy completed Saturday showed he died of blunt force injury from the train. Alcohol may have been a contributing factor and toxicology tests will be ordered, according to the coroner’s office.
Bernardini was living with family in Chenoa and more than likely was walking home when the incident occurred. Chenoa Police Department and the coroner’s office continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding Bernardini’s death.