- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - A man has been cited after the tractor-trailer he was driving overturned and spilled more than 1,100 gallons of crude-oil-based fluid in the western Colorado town of Rifle.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports (https://bit.ly/1wLx27E ) the Colorado State Patrol cited 36-year-old Bradley Ferganchick, of Molina, for careless driving and for deviating from an authorized route for transporting hazardous materials.

Rifle Police Chief John Dyer says Tuesday’s accident forced the evacuation of about a dozen homes as a precaution, but residents were allowed to return the same evening.

Investigators say Ferganchick was speeding when he turned off U.S. Highway 6 onto Colorado Highway 13.

The spill, which involved fluid resulting from oil and gas development, has been cleaned up and crews do not believe it reached any waterways.

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Information from: The Daily Sentinel, https://www.gjsentinel.com


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