Crash involving semi-tanker, oil spill closes Clear Creek Canyon for hours; back open now

4 people rushed to the hospital, 2 in critical

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. - Four people were rushed to St. Anthony hospital early Wednesday morning after a chain reaction crash involving a semi hauling asphalt oil.

U.S. 6 through Clear Creek Canyon was closed in both directions between Golden and Highway 119 for several hours, but reopened at 3 p.m.

The semi collided with a Jeep just after 2 a.m. between tunnels one and two in Clear Creek Canyon, according to Karlyn Tilley, a spokeswoman with the city of Golden.

The semi and Jeep were headed opposite directions when they collided, Tilley said.  Two other vehicles then hit the tanker, which had rolled.

Two of the vehicles ended up on the frozen ice in the river.

Emergency crews pulled five people from the crashes, two were in critical condition and two were serious, according to Tilley. The third had "fairly" minor injuries.

The tanker leaked about 6,000 gallons of oil onto the river, but it hardens as it hits the ice, which made it easier to contain.

Hazardous material crews were working to clean up the leak.

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