A woman who jumped onto Interstate 25 from the Baptist Road bridge this afternoon died after being hit by a tour bus heading toward Denver, the Colorado State Patrol said.
Northbound I-25 was shut down for about an hour and a half at Baptist Road, with traffic diverted to the off ramp and back onto the on ramp on the other side of the bridge. All lanes were reopened by 4:30 p.m.
Shortly before 2 p.m. the El Paso County Sheriff's Office began receiving reports of a suicidal person on the Baptist Road bridge, according to Lt. Lari Sevene, spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Office.
The person then jumped off the south side of the bridge and was hit by a tour bus. The driver was the only person on the bus and was not injured.
The south side of the bridge, which is about 25-feet high, has only a guard rail while the north side has a 6-foot high chain-link fence that is angled inward.
Sevene said the woman, whose name has not been released, had reportedly been experiencing personal problems.
In March 2009, a 55-year-old woman attempted to commit suicide by jumping onto I-25 from the Fillmore Street overpass. She landed in the northbound lane, but was not hit by oncoming traffic and suffered facial injuries and broken bones.
Gazette reporter Carlyn Ray Mitchell contributed to this report.