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Tanker rollover in Rifle causes road closure and evacuations

A tanker truck carrying 180 barrels of “fracking clean-up water” rolled over at about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, forcing closure of U.S. Highway 6 at the Highway 13 bypass.
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RIFLE — About a dozen homes were evacuated Tuesday after a tanker truck carrying 180 barrels of “fracking clean-up water” rolled over around 4:15 p.m., forcing closure of U.S. Highway 6 and the Highway 13 bypass, according to the Rifle Police Department.

Highway 6 was reopened shortly after 8 p.m., and Highway 13 was reopened later in the evening, according to Rifle Police Chief John Dyer.

“We evacuated about a dozen homes for precautionary reasons,” Dyer said. “They were homes east of Highway 6 and up to Highway 13 to Fiesta Guadalajara.”

The evacuations lasted about two hours.

Dyer said the contents of the truck were not toxic and it was not known if the driver would be issued a summons by the Colorado State Patrol, which was investigating the accident, along with Colorado River Fire Rescue in Rifle.


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