UPDATE | 11:35 a.m. Monday — The Platteville Police Department confirmed that the officer involved in this incident has been placed on paid administrative leave.
WELD COUNTY, Colo. — A 20-year-old female suspect was taken to the hospital after the Platteville police vehicle she was in was hit by a train Friday evening. The officer was not in the vehicle when the train struck the patrol car, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigations.
The crash happened just before 8 p.m. in the area of Highway 85 and Weld County Road 36. Authorities said the initial call was reported as an alleged road rage incident involving a firearm in Ft. Lupton earlier in the evening.
According to the CBI, a Platteville officer located the vehicle to make a traffic stop on US 85 and County Rd. 38. The driver of the vehicle, a 20-year-old Greeley woman, pulled to a stop just past the railroad tracks, with the patrol officer behind the car on the tracks.
With the assistance of two Ft. Lupton officers, police conducted a high-risk traffic stop and detained the lone woman and placed her in the back of the patrol car parked on the tracks.
While the officers cleared the suspect vehicle as part of the investigation, a train traveling northbound struck the Platteville patrol car, according to a CBI release.
The suspect was taken to a Greeley hospital with a serious bodily injuries, according to the CBI. Her condition is not known. The officer and the train crew were not injured.
The train did not derail and is still on the tracks, CSP said. Union Pacific has been notified about the crash.
The news release said multiple agencies are handling the investigation, including the Ft. Lupton Police Department, the Colorado State Patrol and the CBI have been requested to investigate the serious bodily injury to the individual while in police custody.