Photo by John Carr
The southbound lanes of US 85 were closed at WCR 14 1/2 following a two tractor trailer collision with an oil tanker from Gray's Oil in Fort Lupton. The tanker overturned, spilling contents on the highway. A Colorado State Patrol Hazardous Materials team was sent to oversee the cleanup.
Crash closes southbound US 85

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.