x
Breaking News
More () »

Driver of tanker that spilled fuel into North St. Vrain Creek cited for careless driving

The spill caused "significant fish kill", according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

LYONS, Colo — The driver of a tanker truck that crashed northwest of Lyons last month, causing fuel to spill into the North St. Vrain Creek, has been cited for careless driving. 

According to the Colorado State Patrol (CSP), 26-year-old Evans resident David Cunningham was driving the truck that rolled over on US 36 at Apple Valley Road on April 27. 

CSP said the investigation is complete and no other charges are expected.

>Watch the video above for more on the impact of the fuel spill.

The tanker was carrying 8,500 gallons of gasoline, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and between 1,000 and 1,600 gallons spilled out. It is unknown how much of that fuel made it into the creek, the EPA said, but the agency said it caused "significant fish kill a few miles downstream.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) reported several hundred fish were collected and stored as evidence as part of an investigation to assess the damage to wildlife.

RELATED: 'Significant fish kill' reported after tanker spills gasoline into North St. Vrain Creek near Lyons

CPW said it was not possible to count or collect all of the dead fish, but explained that they would use "statistically valid methods." to accurately estimate the losses.

CPW said they were working with the EPA, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the CSP to collect as much information as possible.

RELATED: Driver fatigue believed to be main factor in weekend crash that closed I-25 for more than 36 hours

SUGGESTED VIDEOSLatest from 9NEWS 

MORE WAYS TO GET 9NEWS

Subscribe to our daily 9NEWSLETTER

Download the 9NEWS APP
iTunes: http://on9news.tv/itunes
Google Play: http://on9news.tv/1lWnC5n 

HOW TO ADD THE 9NEWS APP TO YOUR STREAMING DEVICE

ROKU: add the channel from the ROKU store or by searching for KUSA.

For both Apple TV and Fire TV, search for "9news" to find the free app to add to your account. Another option for Fire TV is to have the app delivered directly to your Fire TV through Amazon.