Man enters Eisenhower Tunnel, sprays fire extinguishers and forces closure Sunday

A man who caused a fuss on a Greyhound bus was responsible for some tumult in the Eisenhower Tunnel on Sunday, the Colorado Department of Transportation reported.

Tim Hoover, a spokesperson for CDOT, said the situation started around 3:20 p.m. on Sunday when a man was let off an eastbound bus before getting to the tunnel’s west entrance. CDOT believes the man was kicked off the bus for poor behavior.

They say the man then tried but failed to get into a CDOT building and then crossed into the westbound lanes of traffic around 5 p.m. He then entered the Eisenhower Tunnel and sprayed oncoming traffic with fire extinguishers.

CDOT was forced to close the tunnel for about 15 minutes.

With the help of law enforcement agents from Summit County and Colorado State Patrol, officials got the man to stop and eventually detained him.

The man’s information has not yet been released as of Monday morning, and charges have not yet been announced.

There have been no reports of injures or damaged vehicles so far, CDOT says.

Hoover called the ordeal an “alarming incident” and “highly problematic.”

Interstate 70 was shut down near the tunnel a little later on Sunday, but that was for the unrelated issue of spun-out cars.

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