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I-25 re-opened following tanker crash

Modified: Wednesday, Sep 26th, 2012

A tanker crash that spilled barrels of crude oil onto the ground early Tuesday morning is being investigated by the Wyoming Highway Patrol. (Photo/Teri Cordingly)

WHEATLAND - A tanker transporting 200 barrels of crude oil crashed on Interstate 25 early Tuesday morning two miles north of Wheatland, temporarily closing off a section of the Interstate.

Platte County Emergency Management Coordinator Jane Carlson said a call came into dispatch at 3:17 am from a man stating he heard a “huge crash.”

The Wyoming Highway Patrol investigated the crash. Their latest update states about 800 gallons of crude oil was spilled. Wyoming Regional Response Team 7 - the regional hazmat team - was on scene early Tuesday morning following the crash.

No injuries were reported.

Torin Williams, 55, of Johnstown, Colo., - the driver of the tanker - was northbound at the time of the crash. According to a WHP report, the tractor trailer combination is owned by Basin Western Incorporated in Roosevelt, Utah.

Williams told the WHP he swerved to avoid a deer in the roadway. No citations were issued.

I-25 was re-opened at about 12:40 pm Tuesday afternoon.

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