Crews are working to reopen northbound Interstate 25 in downtown Denver by the Thursday evening commute following a five-vehicle crash that resulted in a fuel-spill that has required hours of cleanup. The Colorado Department of Transportation first tweeted about the crash and ensuing closure at around 7 a.m. Thursday.
Traffic was backed up for miles during rush hour on both the interstate and alternate corridors like Federal and Sheridan boulevards. “We have crews working extremely hard to clean up the fuel spill, and are assessing any damage to the roadways,” CDOT spokesperson Stacia Sellers said. The Denver Police Department tweeted at 10 a.m. to expect the closure to continue for at least three to four hours due to cleanup.
CDOT told commuters to “expect extremely long delays” and recommended alternate routes. Denver Fire Department spokesperson Greg Pixley said four people were injured in the crash. Two of them were taken to the hospital, and are expected to survive. Firefighters applied a foam blanket to the spilled fuel — something intended to keep it from igniting.
TRAFFIC: NB I-25 closed at park avenue west exit due to a rollover crash causing a hazmat spill. Unknown injuries at this time. Alternate routes advised. Check here for updates. pic.twitter.com/03IvILZEIB
— Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) June 14, 2018
Temperatures are expected to soar to the high 90s Thursday afternoon, something Pixley said actually helps cleanup efforts.
“Being that this is a fuel spill, it actually does help us because it evaporates at a quicker rate,” he said. RTD tweeted that due to the crash, buses are being detoured in the area, specifically the FF, LD, 120X, 122X lines.