FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
4 August 2013
Contact: Steve Lipsher, Public Information Officer
Office: (970) 262-5209
Lake Dillon firefighters respond to tanker crash, spill
Firefighters from Lake Dillon Fire and neighboring Red, White & Blue Fire worked through the night to contain some 5,000 gallons of unleaded gasoline that spilled when a tanker truck overturned on Loveland Pass Saturday night.
Assisted by a crew from the Summit County Haz-Mat team and the Colorado State Patrol, firefighters unsuccessfully attempted to staunch the flow of gasoline, which ran 3 to 4 inches deep in places as it poured down U.S. 6 above Arapahoe Basin ski area.
Ultimately, they dug berms and reinforced retention ponds at the bottom of the pass in an effort to prevent the fuel from reaching the Snake River. Much of the fuel, however, seeped into the pavement and soil, and the cleanup of that was turned over to a private environmental firm.
The crash occurred about 9 p.m. on Saturday night, when the tanker overturned on the last sharp switchback above Arapahoe Basin as it was entering Summit County. Fortunately, the driver suffered only minor injuries, and he was treated by a crew from the Summit County Ambulance Service.
No fire occurred. The tractor-trailer slid into a set of jersey barriers erected after a previous tanker crash there left the vehicle hanging precariously over the edge.
Firefighters and Haz-Mat crews were on scene until 7 a.m. Sunday, and U.S. 6 was opened by noon after Colorado Department of Transportation officials determined there had been no serious damage to the pavement.
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