I-85 north of Atlanta reopens after being shut for hours

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Interstate 85 in Gwinnett County is shut down in both directions Tuesday morning as SWAT units respond to an armed passenger on a Greyhound bus.

A standoff has finally come to an end after police said a person who had a gun on a Greyhound bus was taken into custody, according to a Gwinnett County Police officer at the scene.

For more than four hours, drivers were trapped on Interstate 85 as the SWAT team worked the incident, surrounding the Greyhound bus stopped on the northbound ramp to Indian Trail in Norcross. 

The bus is sitting along the entrance ramp at Indian Trail Road Lilburn Road, causing the interstate to be blocked in both directions.

Just after noon, an alert went out to phones notifying people of the public safety situation and advising them to avoid I-85.

All 38 passengers and the driver were evacuated from the bus, no injuries have been reported, and a suspect is now in custody, Gwinnett Police said. The passengers were evaluated by Gwinnett Fire to see if they were hurt. Gwinnett Police also called for a Gwinnett Transit bus and gave the passengers food and water. 

“We are working closely with local authorities to ensure the safety of our passengers and driver,” Greyhound previously told 11Alive in a statement.

Gwinnett Crisis Negotiators and the SWAT team had to make numerous attempts to get the suspect to come out of the bus unarmed. However, he did not comply with those commands and Gwinnett SWAT had to go onto the bus. The suspect was taken into custody and SWAT said there were no passengers on the bus at the time.

Gwinnett Police said the suspect was believed to be having a mental health crisis. 


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