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Semitruck rolls down embankment, closing E-470 in Adams County

ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. — A semitruck went through a barrier wall , off an elevated bridge and rolled down an embankment on Thursday, closing E-470 in both directions, the Colorado State Patrol said.

Several vehicles were involved in the crash just before 7:30 a.m. in the southbound lanes of E-470 just north of East 120th Avenue.

The Colorado State Patrol said the semitruck rolled over and landed upside down, and leaked fluid into a creek.

Firefighters worked a “major, major extrication” to free the truck driver, Brighton Fire Rescue said. He was brought up from the truck about 8:35 a.m.

The driver was placed in an ambulance and about 9 a.m., the driver was flown by an AirLife helicopter to a hospital. The extent of the driver’s injuries are not known.

The Colorado State Patrol did not say if there were any other injuries.

Westbound E-470 was closed at East 120th Avenue and eastbound lanes were closed at Highway 85.

The ramps to westbound E-470 from Pena Boulevard near Denver International Airport were also closed by the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Just after 9 a.m., westbound  lanes reopened as did the westbound Pena Boulevard ramps. Southbound lanes reopened about 6 p.m.

Hazardous materials workers were called in to clean up the diesel fuel spill.