CANTON — The man killed in the natural-gas explosion Wednesday night in downtown Canton died of blunt force trauma, an autopsy revealed.

Nothing unusual otherwise was found in the autopsy of Arturo Silva Jr., 38, of Mapleton, according to Fulton County Coroner Steve Hines.

“It was pretty much what we expected,” he said Friday.

Traumatized areas on Silva’s body were the head and chest, Hines said.

Silva was part of an Ameren Illinois crew that was repairing a gas leak when the blast took place, shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday.

About a dozen people were injured in the explosion, which caused extensive property damage to structures in and around the city square.

The blast resulted in three people being admitted to Graham Hospital in Canton. Another person was transported and admitted to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

It’s unclear what the conditions of those patients is, or if they still are hospitalized.

Canton Police Chief Rick Nichols had no additional information Friday. Messages were left for Bob Senneff, the Graham president and CEO, and OSF spokeswoman Shelli Dankoff.

The names of the injured were unavailable, so condition reports haven't been able to be obtained.


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