TELLURIDE – An oil tanker carrying 8,000 gallons – approximately 190 barrels of crude oil – crashed on Slickrock Hill, along Colorado State Hwy. 141, on Wednesday, May 7. According to a San Miguel Sheriff’s Office press release, “The tanker had apparently lost use of its brakes,” rolling over and “spilling the load it was carrying.”
Driver Bob Westrom, 53, an employee for the Utah-based Basin Western, Inc., sustained serious injuries, was flown to an emergency-care facility by helicopter. The company will be responsible for the cost of the cleanup.
Bureau of Land Management officials responded to the scene, “as a precaution to protect the various archeological resources in the area,” according to the SMSO press release.
Officials from the SMSO, the Egnar/Slickrock Fire Department, Dove Creek Ambulance, the Dolores County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado State Patrol, Telluride Hazardous Materials Response Team, San Miguel County Road and Bridge Department, Colorado Department of Transportation and the BLM assisted with this incident. Basin Western will pay for and conduct the cleanup.
“The Sheriff’s Office will continue to monitor the cleanup operations to ensure it is done properly and in a timely manner,” said Sheriff Bill Masters.