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Tanker spills liquid nitrogen near Rulison

Post Independent Staff report
Glenwood Springs, Colorado

RULISON ” A tanker truck wrecked near Rulison, spilling several thousand gallons of liquid nitrogen and forcing many local residents to evacuate their homes.

The wreck occurred about 9 a.m. on County Road 309 near the Rulison exit of Interstate 70, said Cpl. Tonya Billinger of the CPS.

A tanker truck was attempting to making a right-hand turn in the area and went too far over into the other lane. The vehicle then ran off the road and rolled down a small embankment, Billinger said.



The driver of the truck, whose identity was not immediately known late Tuesday, was taken by a personal vehicle to the Battlement Mesa Medical Center for minor injuries, Billinger said.

Billinger said the truck spilled an estimated 6,162 gallons of liquid nitrogen. The truck belongs to Cudd Energy Services, an oil and gas company out of Fruita. The driver is an employee of Cudd, Billinger said.



After the truck rolled down the embankment, local authorities sent out a reverse 911 call advising residents about a half mile from the scene to evacuate their homes. The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office assisted in contacting residents, Billinger said.

The residents were allowed to return their homes about noon. An investigation into the wreck was still ongoing late Tuesday, Billinger said.


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