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Tanker truck rolls over in Rifle

Bonnie Strong/Citizen TelegramA tanker spilled its load of natural gas condensate liquid after it overturned Thursday morning, March 5 in north Rifle. The liquid ran down Railroad Avenue to the 16th Street interchange before crews could contain it.

RIFLE ” Traffic is closed in all directions this morning on the Colorado Highway 13 bypass and Railroad Avenue after a tanker carrying natural gas condensate liquid overturned around mid-morning, Rifle police said.

Spokeswoman Val Shanahan said no injuries or fire occurred, but officials planned to ask people in the immediate vicinity to evacuate as a precaution. Condensate includes petroleum-based compounds that give off possibly harmful fumes, especially if they gather in enclosed places.

Police believe traffic could be closed through the area until early afternoon, Shanahan said.

The condensate liquid ran down the gutters of Railroad Avenue to the 16th Street light before fire and hazardous materials crews could arrive to divert and contain the spilled liquid.

The accident apparently occurred in mid-morning as the tanker was headed south on Highway 13 and entered the curve where traffic turns onto Railroad Avenue. Previous tanker accidents occurred at the same location.

Several businesses were evacuated including WingNu

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