Tanker spills 300 gallons of hot tar | SummitDaily.com

Tanker spills 300 gallons of hot tar

BLUE RIVER – Traffic along Highway 9 on Hoosier Pass was reduced to one lane for several hours Wednesday after a truck carrying 7,000 gallons of tar overturned, spilling about 300 gallons of the hot, sticky material.

The tanker was heading south carrying 7,000 gallons of tar when it overturned on a corner about a mile from the summit of Hoosier Pass. The accident occurred at 5:30 a.m. Tar began leaking from the emergency relief valve at about two gallons per minute, said Kim O’Brien, public information officer for the Red, White and Blue Fire Department in Breckenridge.

Summit County Ambulance personnel took the truck’s driver to Summit Medical Center. He sustained minor injuries.

County Road and Bridge Department crews brought 20 yards of sand to the area to contain the spill and prevent it from oozing over the highway and into a nearby creek on the other side. They will let the tar solidify before digging it up and taking it to the landfill. Other crews spent hours transferring the remaining tar – estimated to be 280 degrees – into another tanker.

Firefighters from Red, White and Blue stayed on scene all day to ensure the safety of other drivers on the road. Twice, crews closed the highway in both directions, once around 3:30 p.m. when the tanker spilled a small amount of tar when wrecker crews were righting the vehicle.

An engine from Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue moved from Frisco to assist with other calls in the Breckenridge area.

Colorado State Patrol has yet to determine the cause of the accident and whether or not any charges will be filed.

Jane Stebbins can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 228 or jstebbins@summitdaily.com.

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