Save this content for laterSave this content on your device for later, even while offline Sign in with FacebookSign in with your Facebook account Close

Woman dies after leaping onto I-25 from Baptist Road bridge

By: JAKOB RODGERS
July 6, 2010
0
photo - Northbound traffic on I-25 was backed up to Interquest Parkway Tuesday, July 6, 2010, following a suicide from the Baptist Road overpass.  (Kevin Kreck, The Gazette) Photo by THE GAZETTE, KEVIN KRECK
Northbound traffic on I-25 was backed up to Interquest Parkway Tuesday, July 6, 2010, following a suicide from the Baptist Road overpass. (Kevin Kreck, The Gazette) Photo by THE GAZETTE, KEVIN KRECK 

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.

A 55-year-old woman who jumped off an overpass onto Interstate 25 Thursday afternoon in an apparent suicide attempt suffered facial injuries and broken bones, police said.

The woman got out of her car on the Fillmore Street exit and jumped onto Interstate 25 about 1:45 p.m. She landed in the right northbound lane but was not hit by oncoming traffic, police said.

She was in a medically induced coma at Penrose Hospital as of Thursday evening.

Traffic was at a stand-still in the northbound lanes of the interstate after the incident, but lanes were clear as of 2:30 p.m.


Read more: http://www.gazette.com/articles/police-49397-woman-jumped.html#ixzz0swKzcOqe

 

Comment Policy
Register to the Colorado Springs Gazette
Incognito Mode Your browser is in Incognito mode

You vanished!

We welcome you to read all of our stories by signing into your account. If you don't have a subscription, please subscribe today for daily award winning journalism.

Register to the Colorado Springs Gazette
Register to the Colorado Springs Gazette
Subscribe to the Colorado Springs Gazette

It appears that you value local journalism. Thank you.

Subscribe today for unlimited digital access with 50% fewer ads for a faster browsing experience.

Already a Subscriber? LOGIN HERE

Subscribe to the Colorado Springs Gazette

It appears that you value local journalism. Thank you.

Subscribe today for unlimited digital access with 50% fewer ads for a faster browsing experience.

Subscribe to the Colorado Springs Gazette

Some news is free.
Exceptional journalism takes time, effort and your support.

Already a Subscriber? LOGIN HERE

articles remaining
×
Thank you for your interest in local journalism.
Gain unlimited access, 50% fewer ads and a faster browsing experience.