Tanker topples and burns on I-25 in Colorado

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Colorado State Patrol photo

A tanker that rolled over and caught fire on Interstate 25 near Loveland, Colorado Saturday, March 20, spilled some 11,500 gallons of diesel and closed part of the highway for more than 36 hours. The driver appears to have escaped the overturned truck on his own and was uninjured.

The tanker overturned between U.S. 34 and Colorado Highway 402 at about 1:15 a.m. Saturday.

Firefighters from the Loveland Fire Rescue Authority extinguished the fire quickly and managed to contain the fuel that leaked, keeping it from entering the nearby Big Thompson River.   

The Colorado State Patrol ticketed the unidentified driver for careless driving.

The southbound lanes of I-25 reopened at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 21. Northbound lanes reopened to traffic at about 3 p.m. Sunday.