Adhesive spill closes I-70 on-ramp |

Adhesive spill closes I-70 on-ramp

SILT – Barrels of roofing adhesive fell off a truck and spilled onto an on-ramp of Interstate 70 Monday, temporarily closing access to eastbound I-70.The accident resulted in a bright-orange adhesive compound running off the ramp and partway into a gully. The cleanup was made trickier because the compound heats up to 300 degrees Fahrenheit when mixed with water, so it can’t be washed down with water, said Silt police chief Paul Taylor.A white adhesive compound also spilled onto the roadway, but didn’t come in contact with the orange compound, he said. The compounds are designed to react when mixed together.Ecos, an environmental cleanup company based in Carbondale, was called in to clean up the spill. Ben Cartwright, the company’s general manager, said he expected the work to be finished up Monday.The spill occurred when a pickup truck owned by Summit Roofing of Carbondale pulled onto the on-ramp around 9:15 a.m. Monday. Several barrels came off because they hadn’t been adequately secured to the truck, Taylor said.Police cited driver Antonio Medina-Plaza, 42, of Carbondale for spilling a load onto the highway. The company will be responsible for paying the cost of the cleanup, Taylor said.Cartwright said that while the adhesive “reacts with stuff really easily,” it is less of a problem as it dries out, so Monday’s cleanup was fairly simple.Taylor said the spill was “not a good one” but could have been worse.”There’s a lot more hazardous stuff traveling up and down here (on I-70) than that,” he said.A Colorado State Patrol hazardous materials unit also responded to Monday’s spill.

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