Crews clean up asphalt spills in Colorado river |

Crews clean up asphalt spills in Colorado river

A tanker truck carrying gallons of liquid asphalt, lies on its side after going over the edge along Colorado 14, into the Cache la Poudre River in Fort Collins, Colo., Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009. The driver didn't appear to be seriously hurt, but about 5,000 gallons of asphalt and about 25 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into the river, a Larimer County sheriff's spokeswoman Eloise Campanella said. (AP Photo/Fort Collins Coloradoan, V. Richard Haro)
AP | Fort Collins Coloradoan

FORT COLLINS, Colorado – Cleanup continues on the Cache la Poudre River in northern Colorado where two separate tanker truck crashes have dumped about 10,000 gallons of asphalt in less than two weeks.

The latest crash was Thursday, four miles downstream from a spill Aug. 25.

Both drivers were working for subcontractors on a resurfacing project on Colorado 14. They have been cited for careless driving and could face federal fines for violating the Clean Water Act.

Federal environmental officials to planned to work through the weekend to clean up the site. Heavy equipment will be used to pull out the large mass of congealed asphalt.

The cities of Fort Collins and Greeley both draw water from the Cache la Poudre (kash-luh-POO’-der), and neither has reopened its intake valves since the earlier spill.


Information from: Fort Collins Coloradoan,

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