Mar 23, 2012 11:01 PM by Kirsten Bennett
Highway 285, south of Fairplay is closed in both directions after a trialer overturned and spilled hazardous material, according to Colorado State Patrol.
Troopers say the crash happened shortly before 6 p.m. when a a trailer being towed by a Dodge near milepost 172 the trailer detached and overturned. As a result of the crash, the trailer reportedly spilled 10,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate.
Ammonium nitrate often is used in fertilizer and can act as an irritant if inhaled. Initial reports indicate that the spill has not endangered any ground-water supplies. First responders secured the scene and maintained a safe distance while ascertaining any potential danger caused by the spilled material. Although untrained personnel have been moved away from the scene, no evacuations have been reported.
A hazardous-materials crew from the Colorado State Patrol is en route to the scene from Golden. The Colorado State Patrol, the Colorado Department of Transportation, Park County Sheriff's Office, and local authorities are working together to ensure public safety as they contain the incident, investigate the crash, and clear the highway.
The roadway is closed in both directions with no projected time for reopening. Traffic has been rerouted temporarily, and VMS boards are notifying traffic of the closure and alternate routes.
The Dodge's driver, 57-year-old Michael Martin of Buena Vista, was not injured during the crash.