ALBANY, Ore. -- A 16-year-old girl was killed by a train Saturday night near Highway 99 and Beta Drive.
Sara-Tessa Raechelle Lytle, from Albany, was hit by the train Saturday at about 11:00 p.m. on tracks near Ellingson Drive, according to Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley.
According to witnesses, Lytle was walking south on the railroad tracks in a dark area when she was struck by a southbound Union Pacific freight train traveling roughly 40 mph.
Lytle was a student at West Albany High School and had just celebrated her 16th birthday.
Investigators ruled her death a suicide.
Counselors were helping Lytle's fellow students deal with the loss at her school on Monday.
Her family released a statement which said: "The world lost a light and she will be dearly missed."