Tanker rolls on Highway 50, starts fire

U.S. Highway 50 was closed in both directions this morning after a semi-tanker carrying approximately 7,000 gallons of unleaded gasoline rolled on its side and caught fire, burning nearby grasslands.

The roadway is open now to restricted traffic between mileposts 122 and 124, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. That stretch of road had been closed for most of the morning.

Troopers were called just before 1 a.m. to milepost 124, which is between Montrose and Gunnison.

Trooper Nate Reid said the tanker, which was headed east, failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway and rolled on its driver side one quarter time. The male driver and a passenger suffered minor injuries.

Firefighters were called out to handle a grass fire resulting from the crash.

Check back at gjsentinel.com for updates and read the full story in Thursday’s Daily Sentinel.




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