Train Smashes Into Colorado Police Car With Arrested Woman Left Inside

A Colorado woman is in a Greeley hospital with severe injuries after a train plowed into a police car where she was trapped inside earlier this month.

Jimmy Orr

September 24, 20222 min read

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(Cowboy State Daily Staff)

A Colorado woman is in a Greeley hospital with severe injuries after a train plowed into a police car while she was trapped inside earlier this month.

Videos released from the Fort Lupton Police Department on Friday shows law enforcement authorities arresting a woman, 20-year-old Yareni Rios-Gonzalez, and placing her in the back of a squad car that was parked on railroad tracks in Weld County.

The train repeatedly sounded its horn while officers were looking in her car and discussing whether they thought the woman may have tossed a weapon out of the window before pulling over.

“Oh my God! Oh my God!” one officer yelled as she became aware that a train was headed down the tracks.

A video from an officer’s dashcam shows an officer next to the police car where the woman was trapped and hesitating before running for cover.

The train blasted into the car seconds later.

“The suspect was in the vehicle hit the train,” one officer yells to dispatch while running to the vehicle.

The heavily-edited video doesn’t show many of the conversations police officers may have had following the collision, but does show the wreckage of the police vehicle with the suspect presumably inside.

An attorney for Rios-Gonzalez told the Denver Post that she was unconscious when she was taken to the hospital but recalls the incident clearly.

“She saw it coming and could hear the horn,” Wilkinson said. “She was trying to get the police officers’ attention, screaming at them. She tried unlocking the door. She had her hands behind her back and was frantically trying to unlock the door.”

Rios-Gonzalez remains hospitalized with nine broken ribs, back injuries, head injuries, a fractured sternum and other injuries.

The Fort Lupton Police Department said the Colorado Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident and the actions of the police officers.

The Denver Post acquired the videos through an open records request.

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Jimmy Orr

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A third-generation Wyomingite, Jimmy Orr is the executive editor and co-founder of Cowboy State Daily.