Highway 65 reopened after hazmat spill

MESA COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO) - At around 1:10 pm Friday, Highway 65 was reponened.

The Grand Junction Fire Department Hazmat Team says a hauling drilling fluid lost its load of barrels around 7:20 a.m. About 100 gallons of the hazardous fluid spilled from a punctured barrel.

Hazmat members wore full protective gear and oxygen masks while they cleaned up. None of the chemical is believed to have gotten into the river.

Highway 65 was closed for more than five hours at from the I-70 off ramp to 45 1/2 Road. Drivers were forced to take the De Beque cut off.

Officials say the driver of the truck won't be cited for losing his load because he handled the situation properly after it happened. He stopped immediately and called a towing company to help him put the barrels back on the truck and it was the towing company that actually punctured the barrel in the course of repacking the load. It's unclear if the towing company will be cited.

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