Tanker rolls in SW Colorado, spills 8000 gallons of crude oil

SAN MIGUEL COUNTY, Colo. - A tanker truck rolled on Highway 141 in southwestern Colorado on Wednesday morning, spilling its load.

The tanker truck rolled in an area called Slick Rock, according to San Miguel County Sheriff Bill Masters.

Slick Rock is about 60 miles northwest of Cortez, Colo. and 45 miles northeast of Monticello, Utah.

Masters said on Twitter that the tanker was carrying 8,000 gallons of crude oil and 100 percent of it leaked. The driver, identified as Bob Westrom, was seriously injured.

There is no waterway in the area and the oil has pooled in one place, according to Colorado State Patrol spokesman Nate Reid.

Reid said hazardous materials teams are on scene cleaning up the oil.

Masters says the tanker apparently lost its brakes and went off the roadway, rolling over and spilling the oil.

Masters says the owner of the truck will be responsible for the cleanup.

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