UPDATE: Crashed tanker truck leaks fuels, catches fire

By: Andie Adams Email
By: Andie Adams Email

WHITEWATER, Colo. (KKCO) -- A fire raged on Highway 141 after a tanker truck's fuels spill and spark.

Around 6:15 a.m., a tanker truck lost control on the icy road and crashed over the guardrail on Highway 141 near mile-marker 120, according to Mesa County 911 Dispatch.

The truck was carrying 8,000 gallons of diesel and gasoline, and when it rolled, the fuels leaked into the West Creek and caught fire. The flames spread to nearby trees, lighting up the creek for about half a mile.

Colorado State Patrol says the driver of the truck, 37-year-old Jacinto Renteria of Clifton, was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. He was cited for careless driving.

Mike Page, the Grand Junction Fire Department public information officer, says Hazmat crews cleaned up the residual gas, and Land’s End, Gateway and Grand Junction firefighters are working to put out the flames. They will monitor the situation for most of the day.

Officials closed down the southbound lane of Highway 141 about four miles outside of Gateway. Because of the transportation issues, School District 51 has decided to close Gateway School Friday so buses and parents don't have to drive by the accident.

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