Tanker truck accident spills 6,000 gallons of fuel on Berthoud Pass
September 21, 2009
A west-bound tanker truck that rolled on U.S. Highway 40 spilled 6,000 gallons of fuel on Monday.
The accident, which occurred around 12:30 p.m. in Clear Creek County, caused a Berthoud Pass closure that remained in effect until about 9:30 p.m. No other vehicles were involved in the incident.
Traveling through a series of switchbacks too fast caused trucker Robert Windecker, 53, of Walden, to lose control, rolling the tanker onto its passenger side, according to the Colorado State Patrol. Windecker was cited for careless driving.
A hazmat team out of Denver was dispatched to the scene.
There have been no reports that the fuel spill directly threatened a waterway.
The accident took place just west of the Henderson Mine turn-off, about eight miles west of the town of Empire.
Motorists were directed to use Highway 9 as an alternative route.
Trail Ridge Road
Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park closed at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday due to heavy snowfall. The road remained closed through Monday and Tuesday. Reopening of the road is contingent on clearing weather, according to park personnel.
The phone line dedicated to the status of Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park is (970) 586-1222.
“We will actively plow the road up until Columbus Day, and then let Mother Nature decide after that,” said Park spokesperson Kyle Patterson.