Loveland I-25 Accident
At 06:41 on January 22nd, 2021 Loveland Emergency Communications Center (LECC) dispatched Loveland Fire Rescue Authority Engine 46 and Thompson Valley EMS Paramedic 341 to northbound I-25 at mile marker 256 for an emergent law enforcement request for assistance at a non-injury multi vehicle accident to assist with fluids on the ground, traffic, and to asses structural damage. While enroute the call was upgraded to a full hazmat response that added Battalion 41, Tower 46, Engine 42, Rescue 42, and HazMat 42 to the call. Upon arrival Engine 46 found two tractor-trailer trucks and an SUV involved, one of the trailers was a placarded MC-306 type tanker and the other trailer was a refrigerated box van, the SUV was wedged between the two trucks, all the drivers were out of their vehicles and no injuries were reported. Both directions of I-25 were shut down because a portion of retaining wall had been dislodged and there was a concern it would fall onto the southbound lanes. The tractor fuel tanks were leaking on both trucks and a hazmat group was established and Chief 47 was assigned the supervisor to mitigate the leaking fuel. Engine 46 was assigned the suppression group supervisor with Engine 42 and pulled and charged hose lines to protect the scene, and a tender was requested to provide additional water if needed. Damming and diking techniques were used to stop and contain the spilled fuel, and the leaking vessels were plugged. Crews remained on scene while the vehicles were removed and the highway was closed in both directions for several hours until repairs could be made to the barriers.
Units on Scene:
Loveland: Chief 42, Chief 43, Chief 47, Battalion 41, Engine 42, Engine 46, Engine 466, Tower 46, Rescue 42, HazMat 42 & Tender 43
Thompson Valley EMS: Paramedic 329 & Paramedic 351
Colorado State Patrol, Colorado State Patrol Hazardous Materials, and many partner agencies were involved with traffic control around the scene while the highway was closed.