Highway 7 reopens after semitruck carrying crude oil ends up in canal

BRIGHTON, Colo. — Highway 7 was closed at Riverdale Road west of Brighton after a semitruck carrying crude oil ended up in a ditch on Thursday, Brighton Fire Rescue said.

The truck was carrying 196 barrels of crude oil and was leaking into the irrigation ditch, a fire spokeswoman said.

The driver wasn’t hurt and was able to get out of the truck before crews arrived, Brighton Fire Rescue said.

“Adams County Hazmat was dispatched on a level 3 Hazmat, meaning they were dealing with more than 100 gallons of material,” officials said. “Tri County Health was also on scene.”

The highway reopened about 1:10 p.m. but the cleanup continued.

Crews put bags in the canal to prevent the oil from spreading. The oil from the overturned tanker was offloaded into another tanker.

As of 4:45 p.m. Riverdale remained closed from East 136th to East 160th avenues, and tow trucks were working to remove the tanker from the canal.

The Colorado State Patrol is investigating the cause of the crash.