Apr 8, 2010 12:53 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

I-25 completely open this morning in El Paso County

After a nightmare commute Wednesday evening in northern El Paso County, it's smooth-sailing Thursday morning.

A gasoline tanker-truck crash that had closed the interstate in both directions for more than 12 hours is finally cleaned up. The crash happened at Baptist Road before noon.

A southbound tanker truck swerved to miss traffic and rolled off the road. The huge tank ripped open, spilling at least 3,800 gallons of gas. Due to the danger of explosion, the interstate was closed.

Hazmat crews neutralized the spilled fuel and transferred the gas remaining in the tanker to another truck. A full cleanup of soil is expected to take days.

The truck driver was not injured. He is expected to be ticketed.



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