SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A Fair Oaks woman killed by a Union Pacific train Saturday has been identified by the Sacramento County Coroner’s office.

St. Francis High School teacher Kathryn Mary Carlisle, 52, was reportedly standing on the train tracks while photographing an approaching train on Elvas Avenue near 65th Street. She was struck from behind and killed by another oncoming train around 2:30 p.m., Sacramento police say.

“We know Kathy always had her camera with her everywhere she went. It was how she captured life and her memories,” St. Francis High School President Margo Reid Brown said.

Carlisle taught media arts and photography at the high school since 2008.

Co-workers at St. Francis wore orange ribbons in memory, because it was her favorite color.

“Kathy was very passionate, and orange demonstrated her love and passion for the arts and color, and the vividness in which she was so much on campus for all of the girls,” said Brown.

Kathy was an accomplished artist and photographer but her six years spent teaching at St. Francis was a way she could pass her love for the arts on to others.

“She was so passionate about everything she did, especially about the girls here at St. Francis,” said Brown.

“We don’t know why it happened or what she was doing, but we do know she was doing what she was passionate about and loved, and that was taking photographs,” said Brown.

Investigators believe there is no indication of foul play.


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