I-25 in Loveland closed in both directions after tanker crash


LOVELAND, Colo. — Interstate 25 in Loveland is closed in both directions as crews work to clean up approximately 11,000 gallons of diesel fuel that was spilled when a fuel tanker crashed early Saturday morning.

The closure is expected to last through the daylight hours, CDOT said.

Traffic is being detoured, but CDOT says frontage roads in the area are also affected by the spill. The agency is advising travelers to use US 85 and US 287 as alternative routes. But heavy traffic is expected.

Authorities say the tanker crash occurred around 1 a.m. Saturday. Loveland fire crews arrived to find a fully engulfed diesel fire. Crews extricated one driver who suffered only minor injuries.

CDOT said due to the size of this spill, the EPA will oversee the cleanup. Once the cleanup is complete, crews will make emergency repairs on the roadway. Air monitoring equipment will be used due to the residential neighborhoods adjacent to the interstate.