Loaded tanker rolls over, closing I-70 between Gypsum, Dotsero

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DOTSERO, Colo. — A seven-mile stretch of Interstate 70 was closed in both directions on Monday morning after a chain-reaction crash led to a semitruck blocking the highway and a fully loaded tanker rolling over, the Greater Eagle Fire District said.

The Colorado State Patrol said a semitruck carrying empty beer cans lost control and rolled over, blocking all of the westbound lanes of the interstate just before 6 a.m.

A tanker carrying diesel fuel tried to avoid the semitruck but crashed into the back of the trailer, sending the cans onto the highway.

The tanker then went into the median and overturned, spilling 2,000 gallons of fuel.

A third vehicle was involved and suffered minor damage. No one was injured.

The interstate was closed between Dotsero (mile marker 133) and Gypsum (mile marker 140) in Eagle County as crews responded to the first-alarm incident.

It remained closed until midafternoon as crews worked to clean up the spill and remove the trucks, officials said.

Hazardous materials teams were sent to the scene of the crash.

Highway 6, which runs parallel to the interstate, was used as an alternate route, but there were long delays in the area throughout the day.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.