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Tanker overturns on Hwy. 9 near Silverthorne

Drivers were advised to find alternate routes while crews worked to clean up about 100 gallons of emulsified petroleum resin that spilled.

SILVERTHORNE, Colo. — Highway 9 was closed in Silverthorne for several hours Tuesday while crews responded to an overturned tanker.

Summit County Fire & EMS said the semi-truck driver lost control of the brakes on I-70 and did not use either of the two runaway truck ramps along the interstate.

The truck exited at Silverthorne at a high rate of speed and was unable to make the turn, resulting in the rollover.

Colorado State Patrol said at 9:43 a.m. that Silverthorne Police Department had detours in place while hazmat crews worked to clean up about 100 gallons of emulsified petroleum resin that spilled.

Firefighters said the oil the tanker was carrying is used to control dust, is not toxic, and that only a small portion of the thousands of gallons it was carrying spilled.

Lanes were closed throughout the day while crews cleaned up the crash. The highway fully reopened around 6:30 p.m. 

This isn't the first truck crash at that location. In October, a truck carrying beer also lost its brakes, and the driver exited and turned over at the exact same location.

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