Woman injured when train hits police cruiser in Platteville CO


A train hit a patrol car parked on the tracks in Platteville, injuring a woman inside who police had previously detained, Colorado officials say.

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A 20-year-old woman inside a police cruiser parked on train tracks north of Platteville was injured when a train hit the vehicle, Colorado officials told news organizations.

A Colorado Bureau of Investigation press release said a Platteville police officer investigating a road rage incident arrested the woman at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 16, near US 85 and Weld County Road 38 .

The woman stopped “just past the train tracks” and the officer stopped behind her “on the tracks”, according to the statement.

Two Fort Lupton police officers arrived and arrested the woman, a Greeley resident, on suspicion of having a gun, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation reported.

Officers placed the woman in the back of the Platteville officer’s patrol car and went to search his vehicle, the statement said.

A northbound train then rammed the police car, the agency said.

The woman was hospitalized with a “significant brain injury,” the Colorado State Patrol told KMGH. No officers were injured in the crash.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Colorado State Patrol and Fort Lupton police are investigating.

There were 236 railroad crossing fatalities and 668 railroad crossing injuries in 2021 in the United States, according to Operation Lifesaver, a nonprofit group promoting rail safety.

Platteville is a town of 3,000 people located about 35 miles north of Denver.

Don Sweeney has been a journalist and editor in California for over 25 years. He has been a real-time reporter based at The Sacramento Bee since 2016.

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