Truck Driver Takes His Life in the Sleeper of His Rig, Police Say
Pueblo, CO – Colorado police say a truck driver died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound late Thursday night along Interstate 25.
According to the Pueblo Police Department (PPD), officers were dispatched to check the welfare of a trucker after the driver’s employer reported not being able to reach him.
PPD investigators located the tractor-trailer at approximately 10 p.m. on the southbound ramp from I-25 at 29th Street.
Officials report the truck was running at the time it was located.
Officers then “pounded on the window, called out, and even activated their sirens,” but the truck driver still did not respond.
A locksmith was then called to the scene and two officers entered the cab.
Both officers report seeing a sleeping bag in the truck’s sleeper and as one officer reached for the driver inside, a gunshot rang out.
“The officers immediately retreated,” the PPD said in a statement.
I-25 was immediately closed in both directions as officials worked to contain the scene.
After calling for back up, investigators later discovered the driver was dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The identity of the truck driver has not yet been released.
The investigation is ongoing.
Transportation Nation Network (TNN) will continue to follow this story.
Photo courtesy of PPD