UPDATE: CO 13 bypass reopens after crash, oil spill near Rifle | PostIndependent.com

UPDATE: CO 13 bypass reopens after crash, oil spill near Rifle

The Colorado 13 bypass just west of Rifle city limits remains closed between Garfield County Road 244 and Railroad Avenue.
Ryan Hoffman / Citizen Telegram

The Colorado 13 bypass is now open after a nearly six-hour closure resulting from a two-vehicle collision and oil spill.

Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority sent a notification about the reopening at 1 p.m. The bypass had been closed between Garfield County Road 244, just west of Rifle city limits, and Railroad Avenue since early this morning.

Colorado State Patrol first received a call of a two-vehicle collision at mile point 2 at 5:53 a.m., according to CSP Trooper Nate Reid.

The crash involved a Saturn sedan and a semi-truck that was hauling oil, although Reid did not know if it was crude oil.

Some of the oil did leak but Reid did not know how much. A damaged tanker could be see partially on the road just after noon today. Another tanker was brought in to transfer the remaining oil. Both trucks had hazmat placards indicating they contained petroleum crude oil.

The 32-year-old driver of the semi was still on the scene just before 10:30 a.m. and he did not appear to have sustained injuries, according to Reid.

The driver of the other vehicle was nowhere to be found, though, when law enforcement arrived on the scene Tuesday morning. Law enforcement did determine an address for the registered owner of the Saturn and will pursue that avenue as well as checking with local hospitals, Reid said earlier today.

The Post Independent will update this story as more details become available.


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