Railroad Accident

Railroad tracks are seen near Avenue B in Copperas Cove. A Copperas Cove High School student was killed after being hit by a BNSF train.

COPPERAS COVE — The Copperas Cove teenager struck and killed by a train near West Avenue D in March was wearing headphones when he was hit by the train, police confirmed Friday.

The case was closed after investigators reviewed video of the incident taken from the train, according to police department spokesman Sgt. Martin Ruiz.

“The juvenile was wearing headphones,” Ruiz said in an email to the Herald. “April 13, 2017, was the closing date of the case.”

Alexander David Stout, 16, was struck and killed by a BNSF Railway train while walking the tracks in the city March 22.

Ruiz said in an email that “video did show the juvenile was walking on the tracks when he was struck.”

As of Friday afternoon, police did not say whether the teen had been walking toward the train or away from it, or how close he was to the nearest railroad crossing or if he was on the same side of the crossing as the train.

Preliminary autopsy results showed Stout’s death on the tracks near the high school athletic fields was caused by “blunt force injuries” and was considered an accident, according to a Coryell County justice of the peace clerk.

Stout was the first reported railroad-related fatality in Coryell County since 2012, and the fifth death in more than a decade in the county, federal railroad data showed.

The train was headed from Sweetwater to Temple, had two engines and nearly 150 cargo containers, some stacked on top of one another.

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