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Mechanicville man identified as victim in Amtrak collision

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CASTLETON — The man struck and killed by an Amtrak train in the Village of Castleton on Thursday has been identified. 

Thomas (Tom) Brust, 27, of Mechanicville was struck by the 239 Amtrak Empire Service train as it neared the end of a 141 mile trip from New York City’s Pennsylvania Station toAlbany–Rensselaer station. 

Brust’s Facebook page states he is a 2008 graduate of Mechanicville High School and shows ties to the Northern Rensselaer County town of Schaghticoke. 

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The Upstate Courier has learned that Brust has family in the Castleton area and may have been with one of them at the time of the collision. 

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story stated that Thomas Brust was 22 years old. He was 27. The Upstate Courier regrets this error. 

Dylan Rossiter is the Upstate Courier's founder and Editor-at-Large. He has covered Siena College men's basketball, the Tri-City ValleyCats, and Section II Athletics. Rossiter is based in Boston, MA and can be reached at Rossiter@UpstateCourier.com. Follow him on Twitter @ByDylanRossiter.