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I-70 Reopens In High Country After Tanker Rollover

CLEAR CREEK COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)- Interstate 70 was closed westbound at Georgetown overnight for many hours because of a tanker rollover in Clear Creek County. The closure ended at about 4:30 a.m.

Eastbound lanes were closed at Bakerville, but reopened at 8:35 p.m. Sunday.

A trailer came unhitched from the semi Sunday evening, and rolled over at mile marker 228. The tanker was carrying Methanol.

Methanol is also known as wood alcohol, and can be used as an alternative fuel.

The tanker can hold up to 40,000 gallons. The Methanol was leaking at a rate of a half-gallon a minute.

Officials were concerned about people inhaling or being exposed to the chemical. Environmental hazardous materials crews were on the way to the rollover to clean up what spilled.

There were no injuries.

  • ann

    I am stck in traffic. They are not rerouting us. We are in a small town with no amenitites.

    • Scott

      Was westbound – felt lucky when they re-opened the lane after 2 hours of sitting a half mile from the incident. I felt bad for all those people going westbound, and for the driver. None of the news stories mentions his condition or the cause of the wreck.

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  • ann

    they say it will be closed all night. we have shelter for the night and i advise all others to find some.

  • TF

    Methane is very dangerous!

    • minky

      Yes, yes it is.

      In unrelated news, a tanker full of methanol flipped over and may have stranded a bunch of people along I-70.

  • day

    TF-everything we do- including waking up in the morning-is dangerous. Yoiu know this. When you walk out your door in the morning it is only by the grace oif whats good that you will walk back in the same door you just left.

  • Johnny Valenzuela

    This is what happens when the black and yellow win!!

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