Community mourns loss of popular train conductor

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

CANON CITY, Colo. -- The holiday weekend was difficult for residents in Canon City. Normally, Memorial Day weekend brings in lots of visitors, but this year, visitors weren’t allowed to access the community’s popular Royal Gorge Scenic Railroad.

Over the weekend, a conductor for the Royal Gorge Route Railroad fell off the train and was then crushed by it.

“Horrific. … Unthinkable. … It’s beyond being able to imagine,” said Judy Ackerman, who works at the train station’s gift shop.

The conductor, Leslie Cacy, was well-liked by her colleagues. She was young. So is her husband, Devon, who married Cacy last summer, according to friends.

Ackerman didn’t know Leslie well, but she did know Devon.

“He’s been on my heart all day long. I’ve been saying prayers all day long. For the families,” she said.

It’s still unclear how Cacy fell off the train. An autopsy will be conducted this week.