A tanker truck carrying fuel in the northbound lanes of I-25 crashed into a median, spilling the fuel and causing a fiery crash.
DETOUR: Best routes around I-25 closure
The wreck shut down all of I-25 near Orchard Road, in the Greenwood Village area for hours. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, 200,000-250,000 people travel in this stretch daily.
This is CDOT's latest plan for re-opening I-25 (as of 9 p.m.):
- Crews are currently working to remove the burned vehicle and finish clean-up so they can begin repairs to the roadway.
- All northbound lanes will remain closed overnight. Road crews will work through the night to repair these lanes. They are currently pumping toxic chemicals from the roadway. Crews will then be able to do a full assessment of the damage. The goal is to have two lanes open by about 5 a.m.
- Just after 3:30 p.m., the Colorado Department of Transportation re-opened the three southbound lanes furthest away from the median.
- The two southbound lanes closest to the median are expected to reopen around midnight. CDOT is currently finishing repairs and they will then need to re-stripe the lanes. They say they damage in these lanes was about three inches deep.
- CDOT Executive Director Shailen Bhatt says drivers should avoid that area as much as possible Wednesday night.
Alternate routes are crowded, but here are suggested routes drivers can consider.
For drivers using E-470, tolls are waived for the remainder of Wednesday.
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