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Tractor-trailer turnover causes traffic delays

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By Andrea Tritschler

A tractor-trailer rig carrying a dry cement mix turned over at the intersection of U.S. Highway 85 and 120th Avenue, causing traffic delays for almost four hours on Thursday, March 23.

The trailer was headed southbound on Highway 85 and took the westbound turn onto 120th Avenue too quickly, causing the vehicle to turn over a little before 4 p.m., police said.

The cement mix spilled when the vehicle tipped, but it was non-hazardous, according to Officer Greg Sadar at the Commerce City police department.

 It took police almost four hours to clean up the spill and get the truck towed. The tractor-trailer was too heavy to tow with traditional tow trucks, and the Colorado Department of Transportation was brought in, police said.

“We brought in resources and opened up traffic as quickly as possible,” Sadar said.

Police did not say what injuries, if any, happened during the accident. The tractor-trailer rig was the only vehicle involved in the crash, police said.