ALBURNETT — A pastor describes Scott B. Blackford as a “loving husband, awesome father and a pleasant man who was willing to help others.”
Blackford, 44, of Marion, died Sunday when his pickup truck towing a flatbed trailer westbound on Arabian Road near Alburnett collided with a northbound Canadian National freight train. The crash took place around 1:53 p.m., according to the Linn County Sheriff’s Office. The crash remains under investigation and authorities haven’t officially identified Blackford as the man who died in the crash. Maj. Gerald Hansel with the Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday the medical examiner’s report may be available Wednesday and he may be able to officially identify the victim at that time.
Rev. Dan Peterson of Alburnett Christian Church, however, confirmed Blackford, a long time member of the church, was the man killed in the crash.
Funeral services for Blackford are to take place at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the Lynn Dunn Memorial Building at the Linn County Fairgrounds in Central City. Burial is at the Lafayette Cemetery in Alburnett.
According to Blackford’s obituary, he shared a “strong faith with his wife, treasured his family, was a good provider and spent a great deal of time with his daughters.”
He also was a “huge Nebraska Cornhusker fan” and also a gifted woodworker, the obituary states.
Blackford is survived by his wife Dawn; daughters Makenna, Riley and Abbigail; parents Bud and Kris Blackford of Alburnett; brother, Bret (Dana) Blackford of Marion; and sister, Holly (Darrick) Hall of Anamosa.
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On Monday, authorities said Blackford’s truck caught fire and he was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
Patrick Waldron, Canadian National Railway senior manager of media relations, said Monday no members of the train crew were injured in the crash. Waldron confirmed the railway is working with the Sheriff’s Office on the investigation, but had no further information to release.