Woman chases cops after being hit by train while in back of cruiser


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A Colorado woman is suing police after a train crashed into the parked police cruiser she was in, leaving her with broken bones and multiple other injuries.

Yareni Rios-Gonzales, 20, of Greeley, Colorado, was arrested after officers from the Platteville Police Department and Fort Lupton Police Department responded to a road rage incident with a firearm on May 16 september.

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After Rios-Gonzales was arrested and handcuffed, she was placed in the back of a police cruiser parked on the train tracks.

The young woman was seriously injured when a train slammed into the car, pushing her dozens of feet onto the tracks.

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Rios-Gonzales, who was discharged from hospital on Monday, is recovering at home with nine broken ribs, a broken arm, a broken sternum and other head and back injuries, is now suing both police departments .

“She’s a young woman. She wants to be out there doing stuff with her friends and going to work and whatever she likes to do,” her attorney, Paul Wilkinson, told CPR News. « She kind of knows it’s going to be a while before she can get back to normal life. »

Video from the body camera and dash cam shows officers jostling as the train approaches and ramming into the police vehicle, which is seen sitting directly on the tracks.

One officer can be heard repeatedly saying, « Oh my God, » while another shouts, « Stay back! »

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Officers are seen running towards the crashed vehicle through a field littered with debris from the impact.


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« Her hands were behind her back and she desperately tried to get out of the vehicle, but the doors were locked, and it’s kind of a cage, » Wilkinson said. “You can hear the train horn. The train has lights.

He added: ‘She had thought about trying to get to the front and get out that way, but she couldn’t get out of the vehicle. She saw it all coming.

Wilkinson claimed officers had enough time to try and save the mother-of-one.

The Platteville officer whose patrol car was struck by the train left on the tracks has been placed on leave pending an investigation.

Rios-Gonzales was never charged over the alleged road rage incident.

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