UPDATE: Berthoud Pass to remained closed until at least 6:30 p.m.
July 21, 2011
Berthoud Pass will be closed until at least 6:30 p.m. this evening, July 21, while clean-up continues on an accident involving a tanker truck.
Colorado State Patrol hazmat units are on scene dealing with a spill from gasoline tanker that rolled on Berthoud Pass, just above Floral Park according to Colorado Department of Transportation spokesperson Bob Wilson.
Mitigation measures are in place and the gasoline leak has been completely contained and has not contaminated any waterways, Wilson said. The remaining fuel on the tanker truck is being offloaded before the wreckage can be removed.
Traffic is being stopped on the east side of the pass at Berthoud Falls and at Mary Jane on the west side of the pass.
The single-vehicle accident occurred in the westbound lane about three miles east of the summit at mile marker 245. As of 3:30 p.m., the truck cab remained smashed into the wall with the tank rolled on its side against the wall. The driver was out of his vehicle, according to Wilson. He did not know if anyone was injured in the accident.
Emergency services are on scene as a precautionary measure.