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Westbound I-70 reopens after fuel spill in Aurora

Westbound lanes reopened around 12:45 p.m. Monday, CDOT said.
Credit: Aurora Fire Department

AURORA, Colo. — Westbound lanes on Interstate 70 reopened following an ethanol spill after a crash involving a semi-truck in Aurora on Monday morning.

Aurora Fire Department said at 9:20 a.m. that a hazmat team was working on leak mitigation after the crash just west of Colfax Avenue that caused approximately 1,500 gallons of ethanol to spill. 

Just after 9 a.m., the Aurora Police Department said crews initially anticipated it would take eight hours or more to clean the spill. In the meantime, a detour was in place through E-470 to East Colfax Avenue.

At 9:37 a.m., the fire department said the leak had been slowed and contained, and crews were working on offloading operations.

Just after noon, the fire department said hazmat operations were complete, and an environmental cleanup vendor was working to mitigate impacts from the spill.

Colorado Department of Transportation said at 12:42 p.m. that westbound lanes had reopened.

Colorado State Patrol is investigating the crash.

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