No dead fish found after Minturn-area spill |

No dead fish found after Minturn-area spill

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado
NWS River Truck 1 DT 11-16-10

MINTURN, Colorado – Colorado Division of Wildlife officials aren’t concerned about a tractor trailer that spilled 28 tons of salt used to make fertilizer into the Eagle River near Minturn Tuesday.

Spokesman Randy Hampton said the Colorado Division of Wildlife has completed its investigation into the spill and has turned the ongoing investigation over to the Environmental Protection Agency, he said.

“We found no dead fish,” Hampton said. “It doesn’t mean there weren’t any, but at this point, we’re leaving the rest of the investigation to the EPA.”

The Environmental Protection Agency will also do a post cleanup analysis of the river, Hampton said.

An spokesperson at the agency could not be reached for comment Friday.

The tractor trailer was heading south on Highway 24 when it crossed the center line, hit a northbound pickup truck and rolled down the river embankment, Eagle River Fire Protection District battalion chief Kevin Rindy said.

The driver, Mike Kaderka, 45, from Windsor, said he was trapped in the truck for about 20 minutes before he pushed out the windshield and escaped.

Hampton said these kinds of accidents are “not infrequent” on Colorado roads during winter.

While the investigation into any environmental concerns continues, Hampton said most of the spill seems to be dissipating fairly quickly.

Community Editor Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or

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