Video shows police car parked on rails, detained suspect hit by train


A high-speed locomotive slammed into a parked police cruiser with a handcuffed suspect in the back seat as at least one arresting officer ran for his life, according to disturbing video released Friday by Colorado police.

Yareni Rios-Gonzalez, 20, was locked in the cruiser, which was parked on tracks north of Platteville, Colorado, on the evening of September 16. She could see and hear the freight train coming and was “frenziedly trying to get the officers’ attention”. said personal injury attorney Paul Wilkinson. Rios-Gonzalez tried to escape the car, but the doors were locked, Wilkinson said.

“She saw it all coming and believed it was the end,” he said.

Newly released body camera video shows officers handcuffing and putting Rios-Gonzalez in the back driver’s seat before searching his truck, which was parked just outside the train tracks. The sound of a blaring train horn can be heard moments before the northbound train rushes into the passenger side of the police car.

“Stay back!” an officer shouted, possibly to other officers at the scene, just before the impact. An officer can be seen quickly retreating from the stationed cruiser before it was hit.

USA Today

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