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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