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RTD bus gets stuck going wrong way on I-25 during rush hour

DENVER — Though the High Occupancy Vehicle lane splitting Interstate 25 was made partially for buses, one bus operator got stuck heading the wrong way on it Tuesday morning.

According to RTD spokesperson Scott Reed, the bus operator is “very new” and somehow got caught in the southbound lanes heading in a northbound direction near the I-70 overpass around 6:30 a.m.

RTD dispatchers quickly alerted the driver, who pulled over to the shoulder.

The HOV lane, which switches its direction of travel based on the rush hour, was not big enough for the bus to turn around, so the driver became stranded. Reed said there were a handful of passengers on the bus who were escorted away from the bus to a nearby Park-and-Ride stop by a supervisor vehicle.

CDOT said the HOV lane was closed for about 30 minutes so the bus could be driven off the highway.

Denver police say the driver was cited for careless driving.

A similar incident happened in July 2010. The driver in that instance had an empty bus and a motorist alerted dispatchers who were able to stop that driver. No charges were filed in that case.