Tanker crash spills 800 gallons of crude oil on I-25 in Wyoming

| 9/25/2012

A tanker spilling nearly 800 gallons of crude oil closed Interstate 25 in both directions near Wheatland, WY, for several hours on Tuesday, Sept. 25.

According to Sgt. John Townsend of the Wyoming Highway Patrol, both lanes were reopened around 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

In his report, Townsend said that the driver of the oil tanker, Torin Williams, 55, of Johnstown, CO, stated that he was headed northbound on I-25 when he swerved to avoid a deer in the roadway around 3 a.m. on Tuesday. Williams, who drives for Basin Western Inc. of Roosevelt, UT, wasn’t injured in the crash.

Several state and local agencies, including the Wyoming Department of Transportation, Wheatland Fire Department, Platte County Sheriff’s Department, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality and the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security, worked on the cleanup process. Trooper ultimately determined that only 800 gallons of the tanker's "200 barrel" capacity. 

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Basin Western has 167 trucks and 184 drivers.

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