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Colorado crash shows severity of tanker truck accidents

Five people were injured in a recent accident on U.S. 6 in Clear Creek Canyon. According to the Colorado State Patrol, the exact cause of the accident is not yet known. This crash demonstrates how truck accidents involving tanker trucks, like this one, can cause serious delays, injuries and cleanup for authorities.

Reports indicate that a tanker truck carrying 6,000 gallons of asphalt was traveling west near Tunnel 1 when it collided with an oncoming Jeep. Another car then swerved to miss the collision and rolled into Clear Creek. A fourth car then collided with the tanker truck and rolled.

Authorities state that five people were transported to the hospital following the accident. Two of those victims are listed as being in critical condition, and two others are listed in serious condition. The driver of the tanker truck sustained only minor injuries.

U.S. 6 was closed for over 12 hours following the crash while authorities worked to clear the wreckage and spilled asphalt. Authorities have not released any information as to why they believe that the accident occurred, though witnesses reported that the tanker truck driver was driving at an excessive speed.

Truck accidents like this one demonstrate the power that a large truck has against a smaller vehicle. As Colorado authorities work to determine what caused this traumatic accident, the victims will likely try to focus on their recovery. This can be challenging after an accident when medical bills and other expenses become a reality. Thankfully, the victims may find it within their rights to seek recourse for these financial losses under Colorado's personal injury laws. If successfully litigated, personal injury claims can provide much needed financial compensation for the victims of an accident caused by the negligence of another party.

Source: kdvr.com, "Multi-vehicle accident in Clear Creek Canyon injures 5," Will C. Holden, Jan. 23, 2013

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