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Wrecked truck spilled less oil than reported

Wrecked truck spilled less oil than reported

Sep 26, 2012 - The Associated Press

WHEATLAND -- Authorities say a tanker truck driver swerved to avoid a deer, causing an accident that spilled crude oil and closed Interstate 25 north of Wheatland for several hours.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol says 55-year-old Torin Williams of Johnstown, Colo., has not been cited for the accident.

Williams was hauling oil from Wellington, Colo., to Guernsey in a tanker owned by Basin Western Inc. of Roosevelt, Utah.

Patrol spokesman Sgt. Stephen Townsend says the tanker carrying 8,820 gallons of crude oil went into the median, spun around then rolled 1.5 times. Townsend said about 800 gallons of oil spilled, not 8,000 gallons as reported originally.

Townsend said at also has been determined that the rig was northbound at the time of the wreck, not southbound.

Williams was not injured.

The highway was closed for about eight hours.

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