Ameren Worker Killed in Canton Blast Identified

Nov 17, 2016

Authorities have identified an the utility worker who was killed in a natural gas explosion as 38-year-old Arturo Silva Jr., of Mapleton.

The explosion Wednesday evening in Canton that killed one and injured 11 others had such a concussion things like taillights blocks away couldn't withstand the impact.
Credit H. Wayne Wilson / Peoria Public Radio

  Fulton County Coroner Steve Hines identified the Ameren Illinois worker on today, after the explosion last evening that rocked the downtown Canton square. Several other people were injured in the blast, including three other Ameren workers. One of them life flighted to OSF St. Francis Medical Center.

Canton Police Chief Rick Nichols says a two-block area around the square is still blocked off. He says it appears a contractor damaged a gas line while digging and that the utility workers were called to the scene. The cause of the blast remains under investigation.

Nichols says the blast's impact was "tremendous" and that it caused serious damage.