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Updates: Westbound I-70 through Glenwood Canyon reopens after 11-hour closure for gasoline spill

Commercial vehicle crash on Westbound Interstate 70 near Dotsero on Jan. 17.
Colorado Department of Transportation/Courtesy photo

A hazmat spill caused by four commercial vehicles colliding with one another on Interstate 70 near Dotsero on Tuesday morning closed the westbound lanes of the interstate for early 11 hours.

One of the vehicles in the crash was a semi-truck tanker hauling gasoline. The stretch of interstate reopened just after 6:30 p.m. Tuesday after being closed since 7:40 a.m.

Colorado State Patrol Public Information Officer Gary Cutler reported no injuries. The cause of the collision has yet to be determined as of press time.



A commercial vehicle crash Tuesday on Westbound Interstate 70 near Dotsero clogs up Glenwood Canyon.
Photo courtesy of Colorado Department of Transporation

The tanker hauling the hazardous material spilled 3,000 gallons of gasoline onto the interstate. The closure was extended all day so crews could drain the 7,000 gallons of gasoline remaining in the tank.

Colorado Department of Transportation spokesperson Elise Thatcher told the Post Independent on Tuesday that potential hazmat impacts to the surrounding landscape, including the Colorado River, are still being assessed.

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“CDOT will be assisting with hazmat clean up where necessary,” she said.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesperson Rachael Gonzales said the CPW has not seen any fish kill so far after the spill.

“We also didn’t see any sheen of the gasoline in (the Colorado River), so if any did go in there, we don’t know how much,” she said. “But we will keep an eye out if people start to call.”



Westbound motorists were forced to detour onto Colorado Highway 131 in Wolcott, to US Highway 40 in Steamboat Springs, or to Colorado Highway 13 in Craig, adding hours to their trips.

Hazmat crews work as quickly as possible to clean up a spill from a commercial vehicle crash on Westbound Interstate 70 near Dotsero
Photo courtesy of Colorado Department of Transportation

Thatcher also advised motorists to be prepared for snowy and icy conditions on the alternative routes, Thatcher said.


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