Victoria Archibald, R.I.P.: Teen Killed by Train May Have Been Distracted by Music Player

A photo of Victoria "Torry" Archibald. More images below.
A photo of Victoria "Torry" Archibald. More images below.

The Larimer County Sheriff's Office has identified the person who died in a tragic train accident near Wellington as Victoria Archibald — Torry to her friends, who are grieving at the loss of so young and promising a person.

Meanwhile, the LCSO investigation suggests that Archibald may have been listening to an electronic device — and not heard the train coming.

A train running the route near Wellington where Archibald was struck.
A train running the route near Wellington where Archibald was struck.

About 4:57 p.m. on Monday, February 9, according to an LCSO release, deputies were called to the 3600 block of Grant Avenue in Wellington on a report of a female pedestrian struck by a train.

Another photo of Torry Archibald.
Another photo of Torry Archibald.

The teenager in question, subsequently identified as Archibald, was pronounced dead at the scene. CBS4 notes that she was a student at Poudre High School.

The sheriff's office immediately launched an investigation in conjunction with personnel from Burlington Northern Santa Fe, the rail line whose train was involved in the incident.

Some of Archibald's friends gathering near the spot where she died.
Some of Archibald's friends gathering near the spot where she died.

Witnesses told investigators that Archibald was walking on the railroad tracks facing away from the approaching train at the time of the collision. Moreover, the LCSO maintains, "she appeared to be distracted by a small electronic device and did not respond to the audible warning signals from the train."

The LCSO's conclusion: "This appears to have been a tragic accident."

A memorial to Archibald near the scene of the accident.
A memorial to Archibald near the scene of the accident.

A number of Archibald's classmates, as well as members of her family, gathered at the crash site, leaving a cross and a teddy bear as a memorial. They described her to CBS4 as bright and smart — the kind of person who naturally cheered up others around her.

Our sincere condolences to Archibald's family, friends and loved ones.

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