It was a chaotic scene at the 158-mile marker on westbound Interstate 70 around Wolcott on Thursday, February 7. At least six large trucks crashed on the road, and one of them was carrying hot oil asphalt. If the material had leaked, it could have caused severe burns and released toxic fumes.
The road was closed for several hours while members from the fire department, Colorado State Patrol and paramedic services worked to remove the potentially hazardous truck from the wreckage. It did not leak in the accident, but one wrong move could have disastrous consequences.
“Because the tanker had jack-knifed, the outer shall of the tank was itself compromised,” said Lt Ryan Vanderlinden of the Eagle River Fire Department. “Our big concern was by moving the tanker right away…we could potentially rupture the inner liner.”
The emergency officials removed the tanker without leaking or spilling any of the hot oil asphalt. There were no deaths or major injuries reported in the Colorado truck accident. Police said there were some car accidents that occurred outside the traffic barrier.
Considering that there were at least six semi-trucks, several passenger vehicles and toxic elements involved in this accident, it could have been far more catastrophic. Fully loaded semi-trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, and hazardous chemicals can contaminate the soil, water and air for miles surrounding the accident site.
If you know someone who suffered injuries or died in a semi truck accident, contact us. Tom Metier has experience driving large trucks, and he understands how the industry operates. Call (866) 377-3800 for your free consultation today.
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