A woman faces severe injuries after a train collided with the police vehicle Colorado Police placed her inside — and the department has released video of this dangerous traffic stop they made.
The crash happened on September 16 when the Fort Lupton Police Department pulled over 20-year-old Yareni Rios-Gonzalez for an alleged road rage incident. Body cam footage shows Rios-Gonzalez getting handcuffed and asking police, “What’s going on?”
She then asked officers if she could get her cell phone from her truck. “I’m so confused,” she said before being placed in the back of the patrol car, which the officers parked on the train tracks.
From different body cam footage, police are searching her vehicle. Two cops discuss if Rios-Gonzalez might have tossed something out the window when they were pursuing her. In the full video, two cops are in Rios-Gonzalez’s vehicle, looking for her identification. Moments later, a train horn blares from a distance and gets closer.
At first, some of the police on the scene don’t seem to notice, but then react when they realize the train is about to hit the patrol car with Rios-Gonzalez inside. “Move your car!” one officer yells. “Stay back!”
Miraculously, Rios-Gonzalez survived the impact but is currently in the hospital with nine broken ribs, a broken arm, broken teeth, a fractured sternum, a head injury, and back and leg injuries.
On Saturday (September 24), Paul Wilkinson, an attorney for Rios-Gonzalez, told CNN, “She was frantically trying to escape, trying to open the doors, but she was handcuffed.”
The unidentified officer who parked his vehicle on the railroad tracks is now on paid administrative leave pending an investigation.