DENVER (AP) _ A United Airlines DC-10 broke a nose wheel on landing at Stapleton International Airport on Monday and skidded between two runways, and at least one passenger suffered a minor injury as he was evacuated, an airport spokesman said.

Norm Avery said the incident occurred shortly before 2 p.m., and that the plane was still between two runways after passengers were taken off via escape chutes.

The plane was flight 225, which originated at Hartford, Conn., and made a stop in Chicago before landing at Stapleton.

Witnesses who said they saw the plane land told KCNC-Channel 4 that the craft came in with its nose high, and that the wheel collapsed as the nose moved down at a landing angle.

One passenger injured an ankle while sliding down the chute, Avery said.

''The plane carried 197 passengers and 10 crew members,'' said Sarah Dornacker, media relations manager for United at its Chicago offices.

''All passengers were safely evacuated after the plane left the side of the runway,'' she said.

Skies were overcast and the runways were wet, but the weather was not believed to be a factor in the accident, Dornacker said.