Detained road rage suspect, 20, left with 'serious body injuries' after train hit patrol car parked on tracks

Police arrested the Greeley female driver, 20, on suspicion of felony menacing and detained her in the back of the Platteville patrol car

Detained road rage suspect, 20, left with 'serious body injuries' after train hit patrol car parked on tracks
A Platteville policeman pulled over the woman's vehicle just before a set of railroad tracks and parked the patrol car on the crossing (Representational Image/Mario Tama/Getty Images, CBS Colorado/ Video screengrab)
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PLATTEVILLE, COLORADO: A Twenty-year-old road rage female suspect is seriously injured after a freight train in Northern Colorado crashed into the patrol car she was detained in. In Fort Lupton on Friday night, September 16, there was a report of a road rage incident involving a firearm, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

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Several law enforcement agencies responded to the report. A Platteville policeman pulled over the woman's vehicle just before a set of railroad tracks and parked the patrol car on the crossing. While officers were searching her car, the Greeley woman was put in the back of the police car, which was struck by the train. No information about the victim's injuries or the suspect has been made public. 

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"Although 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 Colorado Bureau of Investigation stated in a statement, reported by Law & Crime. The car was discovered by a Platteville Police Department officer on County Road 38 and US Highway 85, the organization reported.

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The CBI stated, "The driver of the vehicle pulled to a stop just past the railroad tracks, with the patrol officer behind the car on the tracks." The agency added that When two Ft Lupton police officers arrived, they conducted a high-risk traffic stop and arrested the lone female driver age 20, from Greeley, placing her in the back of the Platteville patrol car and holding her on suspicion of felony menacing. A northbound train struck the PPD patrol car as the officers were removing the suspect vehicle as part of the investigation.

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Authorities said the woman, who could only be identified as a 20-year-old Greeley resident, was taken to a hospital there for treatment. The CBI stated that she suffered "serious bodily injuries."

Due to the various components involved, authorities have divided this investigation, according to the CBI. Police in Fort Lupton are investigating the events that preceded the initial call to police. The "serious-injury traffic accident" involving the train and the police patrol car in Platteville is being handled by the Colorado State Patrol. Colorado Bureau of Investigation is investigating the women's injury while in police custody. 

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