Ignorance of the law is not an excuse for breaking it, but we'll see if the same standard applies when it comes to one Colorado officer.

According to a report from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, an investigation has been opened after a Colorado officer's squad car was hit by a train with a woman who had been recently detained still inside.

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Platteville Police Department in Colorado Makes Big Mistake

On Friday, September 16, 2022, law enforcement received a call about a possible road rage incident involving a firearm in Ft. Lupton. An officer with the Platteville Police Department pulled over a vehicle on US85 and County Rd. 38 that they believed to be involved in the incident, with the suspect's vehicle stopping after passing some train tracks.

The officer however parked their squad car directly on the tracks.

Ft. Lupton Police Arrive on the Scene

Two officers with the Ft. Lupton police department arrived on the scene and then conducted a high-risk traffic stop. The only occupant of the vehicle was a 20-year-old woman from Greeley.

Law enforcement with Ft. Lupton apparently did not question the Platteville Police Department's squad car being parked on the tracks because they detained the woman on suspicion of felony menacing and placed her in the back of the Platteville patrol car.

While the officers cleared the suspect vehicle as part of the investigation, a train traveling northbound struck the PPD patrol car.

Greeley Woman Seriously Injured in Colorado Police Custody

The woman was transported to a hospital in Greeley with serious bodily injuries but her exact condition has not been reported.

The Colorado State Patrol is investigating the serious-injury traffic accident that occurred between the train and the Platteville Police Department patrol vehicle.  The Colorado Bureau of Investigation has been requested to investigate the serious bodily injury to the individual while in police custody.

According to Denver 7, the Platteville officer involved has been placed on administrative leave.

Accident on Tracks: Train Crashes into Trailer in Grand Junction

An Amtrak train crashed into a trailer around 1 p.m. today in Grand Junction. There were no injuries in the incident, which happened at the 33 1/2 Road Crossing.

A Pictorial History of Trains in Western Colorado

For close to 50 years, Grand Junction photographer Robert Grant captured images of life on the Western Slope. As you very well know, Western Colorado and railroads go hand in hand. These are a handful of images lifted from negatives from Robert Grant's personal collection.

White Knuckle Your Way Down Colorado's Most Dangerous Roads

Slivers of asphalt cling to mountainsides with barely enough room for a subcompact car, let alone the monster RVs peppering the roadways. Blind corners leave even the most experienced drivers wondering what awaits around the bend. Let's not forget the thousand-foot drops with nothing between safety and impending doom but a thin slice of gravel -- talk about white knuckles.

If you're brave enough to "risk your life" for beautiful views, you won't be disappointed.

How many of these dangerous roads have you traveled in Colorado?

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