Crash closes southbound US 85

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Oil tanker, dump truck collide; fuel spill results

By John Carr

FORT LUPTON -- A crash between a tanker truck and a dump truck closed the southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 85 at Weld County Road 14 1/2 July 17.


it happened shortly after 2:30 p.m. No one was injured. But the crash caused the tanker to split and oil to start pouring into the street.


Authorities were able to contain the area of the spill to the road. They've brought in absorbent pads to sop up the goo, but it will be quite a while before the mess is cleaned up.

The cause of the crash is not clear. It appeared that the dump truck turned into the path of the tanker. Neither driver appeared to be injured.

At midafternoon, traffic on US 85 was jammed back about a mile from the scene of the crash.