14-year-old boy steals truck, crashes into tanker truck, causes fuel spill in Thornton

THORNTON, Colo. — A 14-year-old boy who stole a truck and ran a red light hit a fuel tanker causing a fuel spill on Tuesday morning, the Thornton Fire Department said.

It happened at 112th Avenue and Holly Street and caused more than 40 gallons of fuel to spill into a drainage ditch which leads to the Platte River, officials said.

Police said that the teen fled the scene following the crash. However, police caught up with the teen and took him into custody.

He is currently being treated at the hospital but the extent of his injuries is unknown.

Authorities in Thornton notified the EPA and Tri-County of the spill.

They are placing booms in the creek to try to stop the oil, but our reporter on the scene witnessed the fuel go through the creek for an hour before city officials put a hazmat team on scene.

Drivers are advised to avoid the area while crews clean up the area.