In a dramatic police video, a freight train strikes a police patrol vehicle with a handcuffed 20-year-old woman in the back seat. Fort Lupton Police Department provided 8 minutes of edited video from the incident to CBS Colorado.
Dillon Thomas tweeted an edited excerpt of the video, in which police talk to the woman, the train hits the vehicle, and police rush to the broken down car for immediate medical aid.
In the crash, Yareni Rios-Gonzalez, of Greeley, sustained serious injuries. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is investigating the accident. She is expected to survive.
TRAIN HITS OCCUPIED POLICE CAR
VIDEO: With a suspect detained in the back seat, a police car is crushed by a fast-moving train in Weld County
— Dillon Thomas (@DillonMThomas) September 23, 2022
On Friday evening, multiple law enforcement agencies responded to a report of a firearm-related road rage incident in Fort Lupton. The Platteville police officer parked his patrol vehicle on the crossing just past Rios-Gonzalez’s car.
During the search of her car, officers placed her in the back of a police vehicle, which was hit by a train.
A statement from the Fort Lupton Police Department said officers cleared the suspect vehicle to determine if there was anyone else inside. After the female detainee was placed in the police vehicle that police vehicle was struck by a northbound train, Fort Lupton officers summoned medical help and began life-sustaining measures.
A Platteville Police Department officer was placed on paid administrative leave, according to the Denver Post. In an email to the newspaper, Police Chief Carl Dwyer did not disclose the name of the officer or answer any other questions about the traffic stop.
While the Colorado State Patrol investigates the crash, the Fort Lupton Police Department investigates the road rage report. An investigation is being conducted by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation into the woman’s injuries while in police custody.
For more on this story, please consider these sources:
- Video shows train hit Colorado officer’s car with suspect inside Fox News
- Video shows train hitting police cruiser with suspect inside 9NEWS
- Dramatic video shows train plow into Colorado police car with woman handcuffed in back seat CBS News
- Video shows officers did not initially realize suspect was in patrol car hit by train 9News.com KUSA
- Moment TRAIN strikes Colorado police cruiser with road rage suspect inside cops parked on tracks Daily Mail