Tanker crash closes Colorado mountain pass | VailDaily.com

Tanker crash closes Colorado mountain pass

EMPIRE, Colo. – State highway and Clear Creek fire crews are cleaning up the crash of a tanker that spilled about 4,000 gallons of fuel and closed Berthoud Pass.

Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman Mindy Crane says the tanker crashed shortly after noon Monday about four miles from the summit in the central-Colorado mountains. She says the driver had minor injuries.

The driver’s name hasn’t been released.

Crane says the pass likely won’t be reopened until late Monday night. It wasn’t clear if weather, which was cold and snowy, was a factor in the accident.

About half the tanker’s 8,200 gallons of fuel spilled. The Colorado State Patrol and hazardous materials are also at the scene.

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