Coloradoan — A semi-trailer hauling ice cream on southbound Interstate 25 rear-ended another semi-trailer, crashed and then burst into flames Thursday morning.
The 11:30 a.m. crash, fire and ensuing diesel fuel cleanup kept southbound Interstate 25 closed for more than three hours. One lane reopened shortly before 3:30 p.m, while the other was reopened minutes before 6 p.m. The crash occurred just south of the Mountain Vista exit northeast of Fort Collins.
The Colorado State Patrol said the two trucks were traveling south on I-25 when one rear-ended the other, shoving the second truck’s front end beneath the trailer of the leading truck. That collision shattered the fiberglass front of the second truck and left a fist-size gouge in the concrete roadway.
Troopers said the second semi careened to the west side of the road and burst into flames, setting off a small grass fire. The first truck stopped in the left lane a few hundred feet from the collision point.