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Conductor killed after falling off train: ‘Our hearts are broken’

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The Royal Gorge route is in Canon City, Colorado, about 45 miles from Colorado Springs. It has operated trains on a scenic ride through the route for 17 years. Credit: Jeff Shane/Courtesy Royal Gorge Route

A train conductor fell off a train and died Saturday night at the Royal Gorge Railroad scenic route in Colorado, authorities said.

Police identified the victim as Leslie Cacy, 28.

“We are absolutely devastated by the loss of our team member who died yesterday in an accident on the train, the Royal Gorge Route Railroad said on its Facebook page Sunday. “Our hearts are broken.”

“We are a family run business, and our team members are like family to us.”

There were between 150 and 200 passengers aboard the train when Cacy fell, the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office said.

Investigators and medical crews are at the scene gathering more information. No more details were immediately available.

“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.”

The Royal Gorge route is in Canon City, about 45 miles from Colorado Springs. It has operated trains on a scenic ride through the route for 17 years.

The train was on its way back and 4 miles away from the station when the conductor fell off.