Another tanker spills asphalt into Poudre River
September 3, 2009
FORT COLLINS – For the second time in nine days, a tanker truck has crashed and spilled asphalt into the Cache la Poudre River in northern Colorado.
The driver didn’t appear to be seriously hurt, but about 5,000 gallons of asphalt and about 25 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into the river, Larimer County sheriff’s spokeswoman Eloise Campanella said.
The tanker broke through a guardrail on Colorado 14 northwest of Fort Collins and landed on its side in the river.
Authorities closed several miles of the highway, and about six miles of the river was closed to recreational use.
The Fort Collins Coloradoan said a heavy blanket of asphalt had settled to the bottom of the river.
Authorities haven’t identified the driver or the truck owner, but Campanella said it was not the company involved in an Aug. 25 crash that spilled about 5,000 gallons of asphalt into the river four miles upstream.
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Campanella said both trucks were hauling asphalt to the same project, however.
The driver in the earlier crash suffered minor injuries and was cited for careless driving.
Crews were still cleaning up that spill Thursday.
The cities of Fort Collins and Greeley both draw water from the Cache la Poudre, and neither has reopened its intake valves since the earlier spill.