Loveland Pass reopened |

Loveland Pass reopened

LOVELAND PASS – Highway inspectors reopened U.S. Highway 6 over Loveland Pass Wednesday night after ruling the road surface was safe.

A tanker fire at 6 a.m. Wednesday consumed 8,200 gallons of gasoline, melting aluminum into the pavement and destroying a guardrail near mile marker 224, on the west side of the pass near the summit.

Snake River firefighters assisted Colorado State Patrol and Summit County hazardous materials teams in controlling the fiery spill. Cleanup continued into the afternoon, and Colorado Department of Transportation inspectors examined the roadway. The road was reopened at 5:40 p.m.

“There was some damage; we had to do some patching just to get it open,” CDOT spokeswoman Stacy Stegman said. “We hope to go back today and finish it up.”

The truck’s driver, 51-year-old James Foster of Greeley, was cited for careless driving.

Reid Williams can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237, or

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