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Highway 285 reopens near Morrison after deadly semi truck rollover

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Posted at 4:22 PM, May 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-07 07:39:57-04

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — One person is dead after a semi truck rollover on northbound Highway 285 near Highway 8 in Jefferson County.

The highway reopened around 9:15 p.m., according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

According to West Metro Fire Rescue, the semi truck rolled over, and the cab separated from the tank. The cab then went down a steep incline, and the driver was ejected.

Northbound Highway 285 was shut down just before Morrison for hours. One lane reopened in the evening hours, but hazmat cleanup continued. The southbound lanes were also closed, but reopened just after 4 p.m.

Colorado State Patrol (CSP) suggested using Parmalee Gulch Road or County Highway 73 as alternative routes for passenger vehicles. CMVs were asked to find a place to wait while the highway is closed, CSP said.

No details were available on the cause of the crash.

This story is developing and will be updated.