Spilled tar after accident ties up westbound Hwy 24
A two-car accident shortly before 1 p.m. Sept. 24 caused no injuries, but did release about 20 gallons of hot tar onto Highway 24 just west of 31st Street.
The necessary cleanup work by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) shut down both the highway's westbound lanes, (with the side effect of clogged side streets) for close to three hours.
According to Lt. J.J. Halsey of the Colorado Springs Fire Department, the accident involved a pickup truck with a trailer carrying a pot with about 300 gallons of tar. The trailer overturned in the accident, resulting in the spill.
Tar is not considered a hazardous waste. “It was more of a nuisance thing,” causing the highway shutdown, he said. “If we'd let vehicles through, it would have gotten all over everyone's paint.”
Halsey said he believes the tar pot belonged to a private asphalt company.
According to a news release by the Colorado State Patrol, the driver of the pickup (a Ford F-150) caused the accident by running a red light while westbound on Highway 24. After hitting an eastbound 2002 Buick that was trying to turn left onto 31st, the truck spun halfway around and the trailer rolled onto its side.
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