Boulder Canyon Drive was closed from Hurricane Hill Drive to Magnolia Road for more than seven hours today as county fire and hazardous materials crews work to clean up after a roll-over accident involving a diesel truck.
State patrol said the road reopened at 6:32 p.m., though officials predicted earlier that the closure would likely remain in place until 8 p.m. Traffic was diverted to Sugarloaf and Magnolia roads during the closure.
The accident occurred at the 32 mile-marker of Boulder Canyon Drive at around 11 a.m., according to a release from the Colorado State Patrol. A 1994 Kenworth tanker carrying 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel traveling north rolled onto its side and collided with a guardrail before coming to a rest in the middle of the road.
The driver of the truck, Reed Kreutzer, of Thornton, was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured, and no other vehicles were involved. Alcohol or drugs were not a factor, but state patrol said speed and "driver inexperience" may have led to the crash.
Kreutzer will be cited for careless driving, according to the state patrol.
Officials said none of the diesel fuel contaminated Boulder Creek, despite initial reports the fuel was leaking into the creek.