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UPDATE: Conductor instantly killed when train ran over her, officials say

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Published: May. 28, 2016 at 8:09 PM MDT
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Fremont County Sheriff's deputies are investigating a death involving the Royal Gorge Railroad Scenic Train.

Leslie Cacy, 28, died when she fell off the back of the train from a door opening and was run over Saturday evening, officials said.

Cacy was the train's conductor.

The sheriff's office said the train was about four miles west of the station when the incident happened.

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

The Fremont County coroner says Cacy is from the Cañon City area. Her husband has been notified and was told she will be undergoing an autopsy scheduled for next week.

"You could see a lot of the paramedics coming up and they were being restrained. Obviously they knew her. It was horrifying experience and we just feel horrible for the family and definitely will be keeping them in our prayers," Brier said.

Investigators say there were around 200 passengers on the train at the time. They were let off the train around 9 p.m.

At this time, how the accident happened is under investigation. The NTSB has been notified but did not give any specific instructions.

Investigators say no foul play is suspected.

The railroad said on Sunday it has suspended service for the next several days for the investigation.

Passengers commended the train's staff, saying they went above and beyond to take care of the passengers.

"The staff, they were wonderful. There were several kids on the train in our car alone, screaming crying, they fed everybody and made sure everyone had drinks. They even brought in a service dog to comfort the children," Brier said.

In a statement, the Royal Gorge Railroad said:

"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."

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