FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
12 August 2014
Contact: Steve Lipsher, Public Information Officer
Office: (970) 262-5209
Tanker rollover, spill closes Interstate 70 off-ramp at Frisco
Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue firefighters called to a tanker rollover at an Interstate 70 off-ramp in Frisco worked into the afternoon Tuesday to stem a spill of magnesium chloride and assist in getting the vehicle righted.
The crash of the tanker, carrying an estimated 5,000 to 6,000 gallons of the liquid, occurred about 7:50 a.m. at the westbound 203 exit and forced the closure of the ramps in both directions for about seven hours. The driver suffered minor injuries but was treated and released.
A few hundred gallons of diluted magnesium chloride – a salt most commonly known as an anti-icing agent for highways – spilled out of hatches and flowed over the bridge over the interstate.
LDFR crews, joined by the Summit Fire Authority’s hazardous-materials response team, the Colorado State Patrol, the Colorado Department of Transportation and the town of Frisco, dug containment ditches and used absorbent materials on the bridge and the grassy embankment on shoulder of the east-bound lanes.
The rest of the magnesium chloride was off-loaded onto a different truck, and a private environmental-cleanup firm responded to complete the containment and mitigation of the spill.