Tanker Rollover On HWY 50 Causes Fire
KREX News Room
MONTROSE, Colo. - One alternating lane on Highway 50 opened up around 12:30 p.m. after a tanker rollover caused the highway to completely shut down for nearly 10 hours between mile marker 101 to 131 Wednesday.
According to the Colorado State Patrol, just after 1 a.m. on Wednesday, a gas tanker heading east failed to make a turn and rolled over near mile marker 124.
The tanker was carrying about seven thousand gallons of gasoline and caught on fire. The fire spread up the side of a mountain burning nearly one acre.
Several fire departments were on scene fighting the blaze and working to clear the scene.
Authorities say the driver of the truck Russel Rice, 43, from Montrose sustained minor injuries.
Officials say an unidentified passenger also suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital.
The fire was completely sustained.
Folks can also use highways 92 or 160 as detours.