Truck spills hundreds of gallons of oil in north-central Colorado Springs, some went into a nearby creek

Truck spills hundreds of gallons of oil in north-central Colorado Springs, some went into a nearby creek
Published: Jan. 12, 2023 at 11:25 AM MST|Updated: Jan. 12, 2023 at 6:24 PM MST
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Police were asking for information after a truck spilled 200 gallons of used oil in the area of East Garden of the Gods Road and Nevada Avenue Thursday morning.

Both sides of Garden of the Gods Road were closed down to one lane at the time.

The Hazmat situation was reported just after 11 a.m. According to officials, two oil drums were left in the street. When street crews were working to remove the barrels, one ruptured and spilled.

According to CSFD, the oil did get into a nearby storm drain and into Monument Creek. As of 6 p.m., crews were no longer on scene, and all lanes of traffic were reopened.

A spokesperson with Colorado Springs Utilities explained this spill will not have an impact on drinking water.

“I can assure our customers your drinking water is safe,” Steve Berry with Colorado Springs Utilities explained.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife was also at the scene looking into the possibility of fish or animals being impacted. CPW was concerned the spill could impact fish, birds and any wildlife drinking from the creek.

Police were asking for information after a truck spilled 200 gallons of used oil in the area of East Garden of the Gods Road and Nevada Avenue Thursday morning.