Grand Junction (AP) - A section of Colorado 139 has reopened after a two-vehicle accident that left one person dead.
Grand Junction Fire Department spokesman Mike Page says the highway reopened at Douglas Pass at about 11:30 p.m. Monday after being closed for some 15 hours.
The closure came after a semitrailer hauling coal collided with a pickup carrying hydrochloric acid at 8:45 a.m. Monday, about 18 miles north of Loma.
The driver of the semitrailer has been identified as a 59-year-old Grand Junction man. His name has not been released pending notification of family. The driver of the pickup has been identified as a 29-year-old Lakewood man.
Hazardous materials teams from the Grand Junction and Lower Valley Fire Department worked with the Colorado Department of Transportation to contain up to 600 gallons of hydrochloric acid. Page said cleanup will continue this morning and there will be intermittent single lane closures.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.
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