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SACRAMENTO, CA - A local high school teacher was hit and killed by a train while taking a photograph Saturday afternoon.

According to the Sacramento Police Department, Kathy Carlisle, 52, was taking a photograph of an approaching train when she wasstruck in the back by a train traveling in the opposite direction.

Carlisle was a teacher at St. Francis High School where she taught photography and media arts.

The school released a statement calling her death a tragic loss:

Kathy energetically shared her knowledge, talent and love for fine and visual arts to her students and was a bright spirit in the St. Francis community. She was a passionate artist, dedicated teacher, and the recipient of several awards for her work.

Carlisle was pronounced dead at the scene.

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