Man hit by train dies of injuries

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The man hit by a train in Sealy Monday evening died that night of his injuries, Sealy police reported.

“He passed away from blunt force trauma to the head,” Police Chief Jay Reeves said.

According to Reeves, Steven Royer, 51, of rural Austin County was walking along the railroad tracks at Second and Front streets with Spice Taylor of Sealy when he was struck by a northbound BNSF railroad train. Royer was treated on the scene by Austin County EMS and Life Flighted to Memorial Hermann Hospital where he later died of his injuries.

Reeves said toxicology reports showed that Royer had a blood-alcohol content of .243 along with traces of marijuana and another unidentified substance in him.

According to Reeves, the BNSF train was starting down the tracks when the engineer spotted Royer and blew the horn to warn him. Royer failed to respond and was hit by the train. The police chief said there is video of the incident from the train which corroborates the stories of witnesses.

Reeves said there were no criminal charges filed but his department has asked the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to investigate.

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