CHILLING footage shows Colorado road rage suspect who was detained in police car getting hit by train
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FORT LUPTON, COLORADO: After a 20-year-old road rage female suspect was seriously injured in Northern Colorado after a freight train crashed into the car she was detained in, the police released a horrific 8-minute long video of the incident. Yareni Rios-Gonzalez was detained and locked in the police's car but the newly released video suggests that the officers were not aware of the fact. As the vehicle was parked on tracks north of Platteville, Colorado, on the evening of September 16, a high-speed locomotive rammed in with the suspect still inside.
The Fort Lupton Police Department released an edited video as obtained by 9News which shows an incident where the car got hit by a train. The video shows that Rios-Gonzalez was in the car for almost two minutes before it got hit. It also shows the suspect turned victim frantically to get the officers' attention about the oncoming train but was unable to. All this time, she could hear the train approaching but couldn't escape the vehicle as it was locked. "Officers cleared the suspect vehicle to determine if anyone else was in the vehicle," the Fort Lupton Police Department said in a statement. "Within a matter of seconds, the Platteville police vehicle, which contained the female detainee, was struck by a northbound train. Fort Lupton Officers immediately summoned medical assistance and began life sustaining measures."
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Colorado Bureau of Investigation stated in a statement, reported by Law & Crime, "Early in the investigation, it’s believed the initial call was reported as an alleged road rage incident involving a firearm in Ft. Lupton earlier in the evening." The clip shows a Platteville officer and a Fort Lupton officer clearing the suspect's vehicle when the train horn is heard. The officers do not seem to pay any attention. As the horn blew for almost 10 seconds, the officers realized that the truck was parked on train tracks and they backed up, leaving Rios-Gonzalez inside. The train smashed the vehicle and slammed it on the other side. About 20 seconds later, the Platteville officer is heard saying, "Hey, was she in there?" The officer moves closer to the Fort Lupton officer and repeats, "Was she in there? Was she in there? Was she in there?"
The Fort Lupton officer replies, "Oh my God, yes she was." Medical assistance was immediately called as seen in the video. Rios-Gonzalez suffered numerous broken bones after the vehicle was hit by the train. Following this, The Platteville officer was placed on paid leave as the investigation began. USA Today reports personal injury lawyer Paul Wilkinson saying, "She saw the whole thing coming and believed it to be the end."