Berthoud Pass reopens after overturned semi spills 175 gallons of diesel |

Berthoud Pass reopens after overturned semi spills 175 gallons of diesel

This image, taken from one of CDOT’s highway cameras on Berthoud Pass, shows the current scene near milepost 245 where an semi rolled over earlier in the day, prompting the closure of US 40.
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UPDATE: Berthoud Pass reopened Wednesday afternoon following a semi rollover earlier in the day. At 2:20 p.m., officials from the Grand County Sheriff’s Office issued an update on social media announcing the reopening of US Highway 40 on Berthoud Pass.

Berthoud Pass was closed in both directions Wednesday morning after a semi overturned and spilled an estimated 175 gallons of diesel fuel.

At 8:35 a.m., officials from Colorado’s Department of Transportation issued a notification that US Highway 40 in the area of Berthoud Pass was closed due to the overturned vehicle.

“US 40 Berthoud Pass closed both directions between Mary Jane Ski Area and the Henderson Mine due to overturned semi,” stated officials from CDOT. “Extended closure expected.”

Details on the incident were sparse Wednesday morning as the situation continued to develop. The rollover involving the semi occurred near milepost 245, near the fifth switchback from the bottom of Berthoud Pass in Clear Creek County.

Later, officials with Colorado State Patrol said the semi spilled over 175 gallons of diesel fuel.

They added that the semi driver was injured in the wreck, though it was unclear how serious those injuries were. No citations have yet been written, and the wreck remains under investigation, according to CSP.

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