Police in Colorado say that a trucker took his own life while parked on an interstate off ramp in Pueblo.

The incident started late on Thursday night on an I-25 off ramp when the driver’s employer called for a welfare check.

The Pueblo Police Department describes the incident:

SUICIDE CLOSES I-25

Just before 10:00 pm, officers were dispatched to check the welfare of a truck driver whose employer had been unable to contact him. They found the truck on the SB off ramp from I-25 at 29th St. The truck was running, but officers couldn’t get any response from inside. They pounded on the window, called out, and even activated their sirens, but nothing.

A locksmith was called, and he unlocked the cab. Officers Peil and Mulder climbed in and Ofc. Peil saw a sleeping bag in the sleeper compartment. He reached for it and then a gunshot went off. The officers immediately retreated.

Supervisors and other officers responded to contain the scene. Officers used a cruiser’s PA, trying to get the driver to come out, but there’s been no response. I-25 was closed in both directions while the scene was active.

Officers deployed a drone and were unable to see any movement in the cab. A team of officers approached and found the driver inside with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The investigation is ongoing. I-25 is back open in both directions.

If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

SUICIDE CLOSES I-25Just before 10:00 pm, officers were dispatched to check the welfare of a truck driver whose…

Posted by Pueblo Police Department on Friday, March 20, 2020

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