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Suspect hurt when freight train crashes into police car

The Platteville officer whose vehicle was parked on the train tracks has been placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation.

WELD COUNTY, Colo. — A woman was seriously hurt when a freight train crashed into a police car north of Platteville in Weld County Friday night. 

According to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI), it started with a report of an alleged road rage incident involving a firearm in Fort Lupton.

CBI said an officer with the Platteville Police Department found the vehicle and stopped it near U.S. 85 and County Road 36. The driver of the vehicle stopped just beyond the railroad tracks, and the patrol officer stopped behind it on the tracks. 

Two Fort Lupton officers arrived, CBI said, and the officers conducted a high-risk traffic stop. They detained the 20-year-old Greeley woman on suspicion of felony menacing and put her in the back of the Platteville Police car, according to CBI. 

CBI said while officers were clearing the woman's vehicle as part of their investigation, a northbound train hit the Platteville Police car just after 7:30 p.m. 

The woman was taken to a Greeley hospital, where her condition is unknown. No officers were hurt.

CBI, the Colorado State Patrol and Fort Lupton Police are all investigating the incident.

Platteville's police chief said their officer who was involved in the incident has been placed on paid administrative leave.

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