Highway 6 over Loveland Pass open after tanker crash
February 25, 2013
Highway 6 over Loveland Pass has reopened after an empty tanker truck and another vehicle crashed on the road.
A driver was injured in the accident, although it was not clear which vehicle’s driver or the extent of the injuries.
The crash occurred at 8:40 a.m., just minutes after the road reopened from an earlier closure for avalanche mitigation in the area. The tanker truck was empty at the time of the accident, so no cargo was spilled on the roadway, although the accident did close the highway in both directions for nearly two hours.
The highway reopened to traffic at approximately 10:15 a.m.
Loveland Pass is the primary transportation route for trucks and commercial vehicles transporting hazardous materials. When it closes, the Colorado Department of Transportation reroutes those vehicles through the Eisenhower Tunnel on Interstate 70, which generally causes periodic traffic stops on the highway.
“When haz mats are traveling through the tunnel, regular private vehicles aren’t allowed through there as well,” CDOT spokesman Bob Wilson said. “So we separate them.”
Traffic is generally halted once every hour until the pass reopens to allow the hazardous materials vehicles to travel through.