LOWELLVILLE, Ohio (WKBN) – Sources have identified a girl who died after being hit by a train in Lowellville Monday.
WKBN learned that the victim is Caitlyn Compton, 16, who was a student at Lowellville High School and Mahoning County Career and Technical Center. The Mahoning County Coroner’s Office is investigating the case, saying that a note was found in her pants pocket that points to what happened being ‘an intentional act.'”
Grief counselors will be at both schools all week.
“Both the community of Lowellville as well as the community of the Career and Techinical Center suffers a great loss,” Mahoning County Career and Technical Center Superintendent Ron Iarussi said. “And it’s a very somber atmosphere here today.”
Compton’s classmates remembered their friend on Facebook Monday, describing her as a sweet girl, and someone with a lot to live for.
“She was an excellent student, and she was very much engaged in the program,” Iarussi said. “Your heart, your thoughts and prayers go out to all of her family, her friends, her classmates, her teachers.”
The accident happened about 6:45 a.m. Monday near train tracks just of Youngstown-Lowellville Road, near Lowellville High School. Police in Lowellville are also investigating the incident.
Officials pronounced Compton dead at the scene.
The train belonged to transportation company CSX, who sent the following statement:
CSX extends its deepest sympathies to all involved in this morning’s tragedy.
Around 6:30 this morning a CSX train struck a pedestrian on the railroad tracks at the intersection of Youngstown and Lowellville. The train originated in New Castle, PA and was travelling to Willard, OH. It was comprised of two locomotives and 81 empty tank cars.
Public safety is CSX’s highest priority, and the company works closely with its employees, communities and industry partners on education and awareness programs designed to end collisions and fatalities on railroad tracks.