Copperas Cove High School Student Hit By Train Identified
A 16-year-old Copperas Cove High School student who was struck and killed by a train near the school Wednesday has been identified as Alexander Stout.
The accident occurred around 4:20 p.m., in the area of Avenue B.
A spokesperson for Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Joe Faust, said the teen was not struck at a railroad crossing, but was hit near a crossing — between two crossings. The locomotive had a camera on board, so investigators will review the video to determine exactly what happened.
Burlington Northern Santa Fe said the train was heading from Sweetwater, Texas to Temple when it struck the teen.
Copperas Cove Independent School District released a statement about the incident saying:
“It is with a heavy heart that we express condolences to the family of the Copperas Cove High School student who passed away this evening. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time. Additional counselors will be available at CCHS tomorrow and through the remainder of the week to meet with students and staff and will remain available as long as needed. Please keep this family in your prayers.”
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- Written by Jill Fowler