Conductor Dies After Fall From Moving Train

| by Michael Howard
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A conductor for the Royal Gorge Railroad in Canon City, Colorado, died May 28 after she fell out of a moving train, the Fremont County Sheriff's Office reported.

Leslie Cacy, 28, was standing at the back of the train when she fell out of a door opening, according to the Daily Mail. The train ran her over as it backed into the station, killing her instantly.

"[The train was] about 4 miles from the station, Cacy was at the rear of the train, as it was backing up to the station, standing in the door opening when she fell off the rear of the train and was run over," Sgt. Megan Richards said in a statement.

"We saw the engineer of the train, he was in the grass next to the train holding his head screaming," passenger Cynthia Brier described told KKTV. "There were people running over to him and assisting him, helping him stand up. Then it became apparent something really bad had happened."

There were approximately 200 passengers on the train at the time. The railroad line has been temporarily suspended while an investigation is carried out. No foul play is suspected, according to KKTV.

The Royal Gorge Railroad issued the following statement on Facebook:

"We are absolutely devastated by the loss of our team member who died yesterday in an accident on the train. We have been working around the clock with authorities to figure out exactly what happened. Right now, our focus is on helping the Fremont County Sheriff's office do its job, and taking care of our team. We will not be running the train for the next few days, and anyone with reservations will be refunded or may reschedule. We are a family run business, and our team members are like family to us. Our hearts are broken. We will share more information as soon as we have it."

Cacy's family created a GoFundMe page to help pay for funeral expenses.

"Leslie is one of those people who always lit up a room with her unwavering smile and never shied away from lending a helping hand to anyone," the fundraiser's homepage says. "We sincerely and gratefully appreciate any contribution you can give. The money raised here will be used toward paying for the final arrangements and funeral costs."

Sources: Daily Mail, KKTV, GoFundMe / Photo credit: Colorado Scenic Rails via Daily Mail

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