FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: March 7, 2022
Contact: Christine Duplan, Public Information Officer, (970) 423-8901
SUMMIT COUNTY, CO – On Sunday, March 6, 2022, at approximately 2:50 pm, a Greyhound Bus driver dropped off passenger William Dixon in the westbound pull off parking area just outside the Eisenhower Tunnel. Dixon had caused a disturbance on the bus and requested the driver let him out. The Greyhound Bus driver, now concerned called 911. Summit County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were dispatched, but due to major traffic issues caused by Sunday afternoon skier exodus combined with the inclement weather, the Sheriff’s Office requested Colorado State Patrol’s assistance in responding to check on Dixon’s welfare.
At approximately 5:00pm, the Sheriff’s Office received an additional call that Dixon had made his way to the pedestrian walkway inside the Eisenhower Tunnel, where he grabbed a fire extinguisher and proceeded to spray vehicles. Dixon’s actions caused an immediate tunnel closure. A CDOT worker was able to safely remove Dixon from inside the tunnel and wait for law enforcement. Dixon was later released on a misdemeanor summons and charged with Criminal Tampering, Obstruction of a Roadway, and Throwing Missiles at Vehicles. Dixon was transported by Deputies to the Frisco Transfer Station and was provided with a bus ticket back to Denver.
At approximately 6:50 pm, there was a similar but unrelated incident on another Greyhound Bus. Summit County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to eastbound Interstate 70 at the mile marker 203 overlook. A Greyhound Bus driver, now stopped, reported that a passenger had been assaulted on the bus. Raul Torres had assaulted another passenger and when the bus driver stopped, Torres fled on foot into the gridlocked eastbound traffic on Interstate 70. Torres was safely apprehended and was later released on a misdemeanor summons for 3rd Degree Assault. Torres was transported by Deputies to the Frisco Transfer Station to await another bus.
There is no additional information available for release on either of these incidents.