Officials said a woman injured in a train crash was left in a police vehicle parked on railroad tracks.
According to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, a 20-year-old woman in Colorado sustained significant injuries when officers placed her inside a parked cruiser that was hit by a train in a Denver-area town.
According to a news release from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, one of several agencies investigating the incident, the incident occurred just after 7:30 p.m. Friday when a Platteville, Colorado, police officer pulled over a woman in her car north of Platteville after a road rage incident involving a firearm was reported earlier in the day in the neighboring town of Fort Lupton. According to CBI, the woman stopped her car just past the train tracks, and the officer parked the police car behind her on the tracks.
Two Fort Lupton police officers responded to the site to search the car. According to the CBI statement, the lady was held on suspicion of felony threatening and placed in the Platteville patrol car stationed on the rails.
A train struck the police car with the lady inside as officers were clearing the woman's vehicle. According to the CBI announcement, she was rushed to the hospital with significant injuries. According to a CBI spokeswoman, the woman was still recuperating at a hospital on Monday and is likely to live.
Platteville Police Chief Carl Dwyer verified that the officer engaged in the incident has been placed on administrative leave while the inquiry is conducted. Dwyer also stated that his agency had assisted the inquiry. An query to the Fort Lupton Police Department was not replied promptly Monday.
The Fort Lupton Police Department, the Colorado State Patrol, and the CBI are the entities in charge of the investigation.