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Tanker truck rolls over on Interstate 70

John Colson
Post Independent staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

A tanker truck carrying liquid nitrogen rolled over near Interstate 70 on the afternoon of Nov. 17, according to authorities.

No spills of hazardous substances occurred, according to the Colorado State Patrol, and no serious injuries were reported.

The accident happened near mile marker 67, which is about a mile east of the Garfield/Mesa county line, shortly after 1 p.m.

The Colorado State Patrol reported that the driver of the Praxair Inc. tanker was trying to turn onto a private dirt road, on his way to a gas rig in the Parachute area.

The truck was unable to make the turn on the muddy road and went off into the dirt, rolling over onto its side, according to Trooper Mark Barrit of the Glenwood Springs office.

The driver of the truck reportedly was taken to a nearby hospital to be checked out, but his injuries were not considered serious.

According to CSP “HazMat” technician Chad Bernbeck, who responded to the accident, the truck was off-gassing some of its contents into the air, but the release was not considered hazardous.

Although a TV news report indicated that the accident involved a Halliburton tanker, Bernbeck said Halliburton’s only involvement was to provide a second tanker truck to permit the off-loading of the liquid nitrogen prior to the righting of the toppled tanker.

Garfield County authorities were not involved in the incident and had no information, nor did the county’s oil and gas liaison’s office or the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

A report on the accident was aired on KREX-TV in Grand Junction that evening, and can be seen on the station’s website.


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