Semi Lands In Turkey Creek, Fuel Tank Ruptures

ASPEN PARK, Colo. (AP) – The Colorado State Patrol says a semitrailer driver and passenger have been taken to hospitals after the truck lost control on a left-hand curve on U.S. 285, went over the guardrail and into Turkey Creek.

Trooper Heather Cobler says up to 150 gallons of diesel fuel may have spilled into the creek after the semitrailer’s fuel tank ruptured.

Troopers say the male semitrailer driver and female passenger both suffered moderate injuries after the accident around 9:30 a.m. Saturday near Aspen Park, southwest of Denver.

Hazardous materials crews were at the scene.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

  • Arnie

    I am elated and shocked to hear these 2 people are going to survive this accident. I saw the aftermath of guardrail gone etc., believing whomever was invovlved was probably seriously injured or even dead.
    Great news, and thank God!

    btw…. The authorities did a great job of not only fair-warning traffic coming back down the hill into Denver, but had the scene safely cordonned off and all the right moves of safety, good job all involved with safety and recovery!!!

  • Caroline Harrison

    Terrible traffic control abd advisement!! At 6:00 pm northbound Turkey Creek backed up for miles. Two signs saying “accident ahead” no other information! No law enforcement to redirect traffic down Parmalee Gulch. Once you passed Parmalee Gulch northbound you were STUCK!!

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