Tanker rollover closes Loveland Pass Wed. morning
summit daily news
Vail, CO Colorado
LOVELAND PASS – A tanker hauling more than 7,500 gallons of crude oil rolled Wednesday morning on eastbound Highway 6 above Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, closing the highway for several hours.
The driver was shaken up but not injured.
“Luckily the tank didn’t rupture,” said trooper Deborah Bristol with Colorado State Patrol.
The truck was traveling uphill on a hard right turn before it tipped. Bristol said she estimates its speed to have been about 30-35 mph in the 35 mph zone.
“The driver came around the corner, the product in his tanker (likely) shifted and caused it to roll over,” she said.
Though the load was saved, oil and transmission fluid from the tractor-trailer spilled on the highway and was soaked up with sand. A hazardous materials crew with State Patrol was on scene as well as people with Lake Dillon Fire Rescue, Summit County Sheriff’s Office and Denver Water.
Another truck was available on-scene to take the load from the one that crashed, and responders expected the transfer to be complete and the road re-opened by noon.
The crashed truck had been traveling from Grand Junction to Denver
A petroleum tanker traveling westbound in April rolled on the same curve, injuring the driver and leaking fuel into the basin. Clean-up equipment from that incident was still in place at a creek near the ski area’s entrance on Wednesday.
The pass, which was supposed to reopen by noon, remained closed as of 1:15 Wednesday.