9 p.m. update: I-25 remains closed in both directions between exit 255 (CO 402) at Johnstown and exit 257 (US 34) at Loveland.
The closure has now lasted more than 20 hours with the crash occurring around 1 a.m. Saturday.
CDOT says there is no estimated time of re-opening.
5 p.m. update: I-25 remains closed in both directions.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is on-scene to help lead the cleanup.
The EPA says “it has been reported that up to 11,500 gallons of diesel fuel have been lost to a drainage ditch and storm drain that lead to the Big Thompson River.”
The EPA says cleanup efforts are focused on:
- Keeping the fuel from impacting the Big Thompson River;
- Reducing the concentration of volatile chemical vapors in the air around the spill scene that may impact surrounding residents;
- Clearing the road of fuel as it creates a driving hazard.
1 p.m. update: The full closure of I-25 will last “through the daylight hours in each direction,” according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.
Hazmat cleanup is ongoing on I-25. After that concludes, CDOT will need to perform emergency repairs to the roadway, according to a CDOT news release.
12:30 p.m. update: Colorado State Patrol tweeted that I-25 remains fully closed as cleanup efforts continue. There’s no estimated time for re-opening.
“Avoid the area,” says CSP. Highways 287 and 85 are preferred routes, according to CSP.
Original story: Interstate 25 is closed in both directions near Loveland after a fuel tanker crashed early Saturday morning.
The closure is both directions from Colorado Highway 402 to U.S. Highway 34.
Colorado Department of Transportation and fire crews are working to clean up after approximately 11,000 gallons of diesel fuel were spilled in the early hours of the morning, according to a news release from CDOT.
Officials originally projected a 12-hour closure, but recently updated to say they don’t expect I-25 to open before 1 p.m. Saturday.
Traffic is being detoured, but the frontage roads in the area are also affected by the spill.
Suggested detour routes are U.S. Highway 287 on the west and U.S. 85 on the east.
I-25 southbound was being diverted at the Highway 34 exit and was backed up to Crossroads Boulevard at 10:30 a.m. Side roads in the area were backing up with diverted traffic.
Emergency crews initially responded just after 1 a.m. to a “fully engulfed diesel fire.” The driver suffered minor injuries.
The Environmental Protection Agency is overseeing the cleanup. Air monitoring equipment is being used due to neighborhoods near the site of the spill.
This breaking news story will be updated as more information becomes available.
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