Semitrailer rollover on Berthoud Pass briefly stalls traffic
Switchback curves along U.S. Highway 40 on Berthoud Pass proved dangerous for a semitrailer driver early Monday morning.
Shortly after 1:30 a.m. Monday, first responders received a report of an overturned semitrailer on Berthoud Pass. According to officials from East Grand Fire District, a semitrailer hauling scrap metal, primarily containing steel rebar from a coal mine in Moffat County, overturned at the bottom of Berthoud Pass in Grand County. East Grand Fire Chief Todd Holzarth said the semitrailer was traveling eastbound and was heading up Berthoud Pass at the time of the incident.
Photographs provided by the fire district shows the semitrailer was rounding the bottom switchback when the rollover occurred. The incident caused the load that the semi was hauling to spill out caused small leaks of both engine oil and hydraulic fluid.
No injuries were reported.
First responders arrived on scene and established two-way traffic on the pass as crews worked to clean up the fluid leaks and Colorado’s Department of Transportation moved spilled debris from the load to the shoulder for recovery at a later time.
A wrecker tow truck from Ski Country Towing was brought in to right the semitrailer. Holzwarth confirmed the highway was cleared by 7:25 a.m.
Multiple local agencies responded to the incident including East Grand Fire, Fraser-Winter Park Police, Grand County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado State Patrol and CDOT.
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