Truck crash spills more waste from Gold King mine into creek

The Associated Press


SILVERTON, Colo. — A truck hauling waste from a Colorado mine that caused a massive spill three years ago has crashed into a creek, spilling at least some of its load into the water.

Authorities say the driver was not seriously injured in the crash Monday, but about 9 cubic yards of waste spilled into the creek.

It was not immediately known how harmful the waste could be. Authorities say it doesn't appear the truck spilled any fuel.

The sludge is a byproduct of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plant cleaning up water draining from the inactive Gold King mine in southwestern Colorado. The mine was the source of a 2015 spill that released 3 million gallons of potentially toxic wastewater, polluting rivers in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.