Driver cited in crash that spilled mine waste into creek

July 10, 2018

SILVERTON, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado man has been cited for careless driving after his truck crashed and spilled treated mine waste into a creek.

The Colorado State Patrol says 58-year-old Wesley Smith of Durango lost control of the truck Monday while hauling treated waste from a plant cleaning up water draining from the Gold King mine.

No phone number could be found for Smith.

The Gold King was the source of a 2015 spill that tainted rivers in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says 7 cubic yards (5 cubic meters) of waste spilled into the creek. EPA initially said it was 9 cubic yards (7 cubic meters), but officials now say some stayed in the truck and some was removed from the creek.

EPA says the treated waste isn’t hazardous.

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