BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4)– A semi hauling a load of sand tipped in Boulder, burying cars while witnesses grabbed shovels to dig out the driver.

The semi tipped along Baseline Road east of Foothills Parkway Friday evening.

The driver of the car was trapped inside. People brought shovels, buckets and dug with their hands to rescue the driver.

(credit: Boulder Police)

(credit: Boulder Police)

The Boulder Fire Department cut off the roof of the vehicle to get him out. He was rushed to the hospital. His condition is unknown.

Two other people were able to get themselves out of their cars that were also trapped in the sand. They were also taken to the hospital.

In a chain reaction, other cars crashed into the trapped vehicles and piled up sand.

The driver of the semi was taken to the hospital. The extent of that driver’s injuries is not known.

(credit: Boulder Police)

(credit: Boulder Police)

Baseline will be shut down between Manhattan Drive and Foothills Drive during the accident cleanup and investigation. There is no estimate on when it will reopen. Drivers are urged to take an alternate route.

What caused the semi to tip and spill the sand is being investigated.


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