The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is investigating an incident where a train struck a patrol vehicle parked on the tracks with a woman inside.
The woman, identified by CBI as 20-year-old Yareni Rios-Gonzalez of Greeley, suffered serious bodily injuries and was taken to a hospital in Greeley for treatment, according to a CBI news release. She is expected to survive.
At approximately 7:30 p.m. Friday near US 85 and Weld County Rd. On August 38, north of Platteville, police were initially responding to a road rage incident involving a firearm in Fort Lupton when the railroad collision happened.
A Platteville officer located a vehicle and made a traffic stop with Rios-Gonzalez, a threatening felony suspect, who pulled over just beyond the train tracks, CBI said. The officer stopped on the train tracks behind his vehicle.
Two Fort Lupton officers arrived to remove Rios-Gonzalez from her vehicle and placed her in the back of the Platteville patrol car parked in the tracks.
“As officers cleared the suspect vehicle as part of the investigation, a northbound train struck the PPD patrol car,” the initial statement said.
Due to the many elements of the collision, the investigation is being handled in a bifurcated manner, according to the CBI statement.
The Fort Lupton Police Department is handling the criminal investigation into the incidents that led to the initial call for police assistance. As the Colorado State Patrol investigates the serious injury collision that occurred between the train and the Platteville Police Department patrol vehicle.
The investigation into Rios-Gonzalez’s serious bodily injuries while in police custody is in the hands of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
While the bureau cannot release specific details, officers are actively investigating its side of the case through interviews and a full review of scene evidence, the statement said.
No one else was injured in the incident.