Tanker truck crash spills 7,000 gallons of fuel in creeks
April 1, 2011
JEFFERSON (AP) – Denver Water officials are monitoring the damage from a tanker truck accident that injured the two people in the truck and dumped about 7,000 gallons of gas and diesel in creeks flowing into Denver’s watershed. The Colorado State Patrol says the tanker didn’t make a turn and went off the road Thursday in Park County, about 65 miles southwest of Denver. The trailer cut loose and spilled its contents – 2,000 gallons of diesel and 5,000 gallons of gasoline.One man was thrown from the truck and the other was trapped underneath.The Denver Post reports that Park County and state patrol crews hurried to contain the spill in the creeks by building a berm. Denver Water has sent technicians to the site to monitor the spill and take samples. School buses to circle Colo. Capitol over ed cutsCOLORADO SPRINGS (AP) – School buses from a Colorado Springs-area district are headed to Denver to make a statement about proposed education budget cuts.The Gazette reports that 52 buses from Falcon School District 49 plan to circle the state Capitol Thursday to send the message “Fund our kids, fund our future.”However, the cost of the trip is raising eyebrows at home.Officials say they won’t know how much the trip will cost until it’s over since drivers are paid an hourly rate. They estimate it could be around $7,000.But a calculation based on transportation information on the district’s website puts the cost closer to $20,000.The district expects to lose between $7 and $9 million in state funding and voted to eliminate bus service next year.