The following information is in reference to a SIMULATED incident taking place in Mesa County. This is only a drill. More information about this drill can be found at here.
April 1, 2014:
Accident occurred at 7:15 am at Mile Marker 32 on I-70
I-70 closed from mile markers 26 to 37 in both directions, traffic rerouted to I-70B
Crash involved two tractor trailers (diesel tanker & Dept. of Energy cargo truck containing sensitive materials) and three passenger vehicles
Shelter in place requested shortly after the crash
11 injured, 4 fatalities
Hazardous Materials Crews monitoring air quality
3:30 pm News Conference: GJPD Chief Camper, Fire Chief Watkins, County admin Tom Fisher, Mayor Sam Susuras , medical personnel from local hospitals and others
5:05 pm local traffic asked to avoid I-70B for traffic flow and safety of the community
5:35 pm DOE / NNSA Accident Response Group arrived with Technical Personnel and equipment
5:50 pm State declared a Disaster for Mesa County and Grand Junction and the
President declared a Federal Disaster at approximately 2:19 pm MST
6:02 pm Shelter in place lifted with the assistance of DOE: No radiation released from the crash
April 2, 2014:
8:12 am Unified Command & Joint Information Center thanks community for support, no additional community resources needed at this time.
9:06 am Continuous air monitoring in place to ensure safety. Again, there is no radiological leak detected from the tanker truck at this time.
9:08 Oversize traffic rerouted off I-70 to Hwy 141, South to Hwy 50, to Riverside Parkway back to I-70.
Current: Affected area is secured by DOE; they are working to clear the area as soon as possible.
Updated information will be posted at www.mesacountyjic.com throughout the duration of this incident. Please check this website often to get the latest information. You can also enter your email address on the website to receive email notifications anytime new information is posted.
People in Mesa County can also dial 211 from a landline phone or 970-244-8400 from a mobile phone for the latest information on this incident.
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