Major delays on I-25 after an early morning tanker accident

Major delays on I-25 after an early morning tanker accident

Major delays were expected on Interstate 25 near Castle Rock as emergency crews cleaned up a messy scene where a semi-tanker overturned early Saturday morning.

For most of the day, one southbound lane was open next to the accident scene while diesel fuel inside the wrecked trailer was diverted to another tanker. By 2:50 p.m., three lanes were open. Only the right lane remained closed.

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The Colorado State Patrol was notified of the incident at 2:26 a.m., according to Trooper Gabriel Moulterer.

The truck driver was taken to hospital with injuries that were initially thought to be serious. But CSP’s Multerer said the driver, a 32-year-old Firestone man, suffered only minor injuries in the crash.

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The truck was the only vehicle involved in the accident. CSP investigators have tentatively determined that the semi drifted onto the right shoulder near mile marker 188. The driver overcorrected but the rig continued into the right shoulder and struck the guardrail, Moulterer said. The vehicle rolled at least once with the Peterbilt tractor resting on its wheels and the tanker trailer on its side.

Molterer added that investigators have not yet determined why the truck swerved onto the shoulder. Excessive speed and alcohol/drugs are potential contributing factors that have been previously eliminated.

That southbound lane was reopened at approximately 8:15 a.m., nearly six hours after the southbound accident closed it completely.

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South Metro Fire Rescue reported on social media that its hazmat crews were assisting Ambipar Environmental Services employees in recovering diesel fuel from the wrecked trailer. Nearly 2,500 gallons of diesel fuel spilled along the highway. Firefighters manually excavated dams to direct leaking fuel into ponds where it was collected.

The semi was transporting 9,000 gallons, according to a South Metro spokesman.

Firefighters from South Metro Fire Rescue drill into the top of a rolled tanker trailer in order to access diesel fuel remaining inside to unload it into another tanker.

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Authorities asked southbound drivers to detour around the crash site while the right and side lanes were closed. The proposed detour would require exiting I-25 at the Castle Pines Parkway exit just before the crash site and traveling east to Hess Road and State Highways 83 and 86 to rejoin the interstate.

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