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C470 Tanker Roll Over with Hazmat
Updated On: Dec 13, 2021
At 07:31 a.m. on Friday, December 10, 2021, Local members responded to a traffic collision involving a tanker truck on the off ramp from westbound C-470 to Santa Fe Drive in Douglas County. First arriving Battalion Chief 1 found the tanker tipped over with diesel fuel actively spilling onto the roadway. Thankfully the driver escaped without injuries and no other vehicles were involved. The off ramp was shut down as quickly as possible and members worked to absorb and contain the fuel which was already flowing into a storm water drain. Crews quickly prevented additional fuel from leaking out of the tanker and dammed the storm drain.
The storm water drain flows directly into the South Platte River so a contracted environmental emergency response company named EnviroServe, a Salvage Company responded to prevent contamination. They used a vacuum truck to remove the fuel and, in the process, located two ducks covered in fuel. EnviroServe, CSP and local members used Dawn detergent and water to clean the ducks off. They appeared to be ok and were taken by Colorado Parks and Wildlife to a rehabber for further evaluation.
Personnel from CSP and local members specially training in hazardous materials incidents responded to the scene and developed an action plan for the tanker. The truck was electrically grounded to prevent an explosion, then a Trooper and member climbed onto the tanker and drilled holes in the top. Vacuum hoses were dropped into the holes and the remaining diesel fuel was suctioned into the tanks of trucks that were brought in. Once the fuel was offloaded, members left the scene. Heavy wreckers were used to tip the tanker back over and tow it away. SMFR responded to 17 other traffic collisions during the morning snow event which created very icy and dangerous conditions across the region.
A strong working relationship between SMFR, Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Department of Transportation, Enviroserve and the vehicle recovery companies was essential to safely resolve this dangerous incident.

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