Runaway semitractor-trailer’s oil spill cleared; typical traffic resumes

A semitractor-trailer carrying oil lost control and overturned driving down the westbound Interstate 70 off-ramp at Exit 205 around 9 a.m. on Tuesday.

The unidentified driver was immediately transported to the hospital with serious injuries, police say.

A video obtained from the crash shows smoke coming from the semi as it jackknifed and flipped on its side once it reached Colorado Highway 9. A northbound car is seen yielding to the tractor as it attempted to merge onto Highway 9.

The man who filmed the crash while following the semi claims the truck passed every runaway truck ramp as it descended from Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnels.

A sign just before Exit 205 asks truck drivers who have lost their brakes to remain on the interstate.

Silverthorne Police Chief John Minor said the driver likely lost control of the trailer’s brakes while descending from Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnels.

An emulsified oil spill near the intersection of I-70, Highway 9 and U.S. Highway 6 caused traffic delays until about 7 p.m. Lane restrictions to northbound traffic lasted nearly 10 hours, including a one-hour closure.

A similar situation occurred less than seven months ago. On Oct. 13, a westbound tractor-trailer lost its brakes while descending from the tunnel before taking Exit 205 on I-70. That driver hit a Jeep as it careened over a barricade and flipped on its side in the southbound lanes of Highway 9.

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