Crews clean up hazmat spill after multi-vehicle semi crash in Glenwood Canyon on Tuesday

Commercial vehicle crash on Westbound Interstate 70 near Dotsero on Jan. 17
Photo courtesy of Colorado Department of Transportation

A hazmat spill caused when four commercial vehicles collided in Glenwood Canyon Tuesday morning, including a semi-truck tanker hauling gasoline, and closing westbound Interstate 70 for several hours, was cleared up Tuesday.

The incident occurred after several inches of snow fell overnight Monday and into Tuesday morning. It caused the westbound lane in Glenwood Canyon to close between 7:40 a.m.-6:33 p.m. at the east end of the canyon.

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

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 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.

“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.”

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