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Woman Hit and Killed by Freight Train

A woman was hit and killed by a freight train on Dec. 8.

The day after, officials announced that it was a St. Francis High School teacher who was killed.

She was reportedly trying to take pictures at the time of the accident.

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Students and faculty at St. Francis Catholic High School in Sacramento will gather Monday to remember a beloved art teacher who was killed over the weekend.

Kathy Carlisle was hit by a train Saturday afternoon near Elvas Avenue and 65th Street, which is near the St. Francis campus. School officials report that Carlisle was taking pictures, something she loved to do.

“Having her here on campus for the girls created such life and vitality,” said Margo Reid Brown, the school’s president.

Classes at St. Francis will be canceled Monday, so students can gather together for a prayer service on campus. The school is asking for privacy in mourning the teacher.


A St. Francis High School teacher has been identified as the woman killed by a freight train Saturday afternoon, school officials confirm.

Kathy Carlisle was said to have been trying take pictures when she was hit by a Union Pacific train near Elvas Avenue and 65th Street around 2:30 p.m. Carlisle was a media arts and photography teacher.

“The entire St. Francis community mourns this tremendous loss of our colleague and friend. We pray that Kathy’s family and friends feel God’s tender mercy and love in the difficult days and weeks to come,” wrote St. Francis’ president Margo Reid Brown in a statement.

Carlisle was not at a designated railroad crossing when she was hit. She was declared dead at the scene.

In addition to teaching photography, she also taught painting and sculpting. Carlisle had been working at St. Francis for the past six years. She leaves behind a husband and three children.

Monday classes at St. Francis are canceled. A memorial service to be held at 8:15 a.m. Monday in the school gym.


Kathy Carlisle (Photo from St. Francis’ website)


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A woman was hit and killed by a freight train near Elvas Avenue and 65th Street Saturday afternoon, Union Pacific says.

According to Union Pacific, the woman was not crossing at a designated railroad crossing. Authorities declared her dead at the scene.

The incident happened around 2:30 p.m., with the train said to have been traveling from Chicago to Lathrop.

“This is an unfortunate reminder that it is never safe to cross railroad tracks except at a designated railroad crossing,” wrote Union Pacific representative Aaron Hunt in a statement.

Union Pacific Police will continue to investigate the incident.