Tanker accident causes backup on 82
An axle broke on a tanker truck on Highway 82 around 8 a.m. Tuesday, spilling liquid magnesium chloride onto the road near Red Canyon.
No one was injured in the incident.
Magnesium chloride is a chemical used to melt snow and ice on roadways, and for dust control at construction sites and on dirt roads.
It isn’t generally classified as a hazardous material and the spill wasn’t a danger to any waterways, State Patrol public information officer Nate Reed said, but hazmat crews were called because of the volume of fluid involved.
One lane of traffic was closed in each direction while the scene was secured and crews worked to clean up the spill.
Glenwood Springs Fire Chief Gary Tillotson said he didn’t know of any major health risks to mag chloride exposure, but that there could be impacts on nearby vegetation.
“It’s no different than what we drive through every snowy day, except that it’s in a higher concentration,” he said. “If you drove through the scene, washing your car would be appropriate as soon as possible.”
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