Albany teen hit by train, death ruled suicide

Albany teen hit by train, death ruled suicide

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Albany teen hit by train, death ruled suicide

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by KGW.com Staff

kgw.com

Posted on March 30, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 31 at 11:11 AM

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."

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