Paint spill closes westbound I-70 in mountains
Ryan Summerlin September 27, 2012
EDWARDS – Westbound Interstate 70 in the Colorado mountains has reopened after a tractor-trailer rig overturned and spilled about 1,000 pounds of paint on the north shoulder near Edwards.
The Colorado Department of Transportation says the paint spilled Wednesday at about 6:30 p.m. some 90 miles west of downtown Denver, forcing the closure of both westbound lanes until about 4:15 a.m. Thursday.
Westbound traffic was detoured around the spill on U.S. 6. Eastbound traffic wasn’t affected.
CDOT says the paint got only on shoulder and not on the highway itself or into any streams.
The cause of the crash wasn’t immediately known.
CDOT says some of the paint spilled in the crash and the rest spilled when crews were trying to get the truck back on its wheels.