Tanker Crash Spills 7,000 Gallons of Gas Outside Denver
Denver Water officials are monitoring the damage from a tanker truck accident that injured the two people in the truck and dumped about 7,000 gallons of gas and diesel in creeks flowing into Denver’s watershed.
Depending on the type of cargo, tanker truck accidents can become magnitudes worse than typical car accidents. In this case, the possibility of contaminating Denver drinking water is a serious concern, especially with over 500,000 people living in the Denver metro area.
Christina Dickinson, a reporter for 9News, tells us about the response to the fuel spill:
Deputies were in the area at the time of the spill and were able to respond to the scene quickly, [Park County Undersheriff Monte] Gore says. They burmed the gasoline and fuel in the area, and heavy equipment was brought in to build dirt around the spill, keeping it from leaking into nearby creeks.
CSP says there may have been some fuel and gasoline leakage into a nearby creek, but everything is in place to keep the drinking water from being contaminated.
Despite the actions taken by HazMat crews and local authorities, the outcome is far from certain. Dickinson reports that “emergency notification calls have gone out to residents in a 10-mile radius.”
Let’s hope that the fuel gets cleaned up safely without causing further distress to residents.