Video: Colo. FFs give ducks soapy bath after diesel fuel spill

Firefighters contained and cleaned up spillage from a tanker that rolled on a slick roadway in Littleton


Kieran Nicholson
The Denver Post

LITTLETON, Colo. — South Metro Fire Rescue firefighters cleaned up a diesel fuel spill in Littleton on Friday morning after a truck crashed, they then gave a soapy bath to a couple of lucky ducks.

The rollover crash of the fuel tanker happened on the westbound C-470 off-ramp to South Santa Fe Drive, according to a 7:45 a.m. Twitter post by SMFR. No injuries were reported.

The tanker, which rolled on a wet and slick roadway, was carrying 4,000 gallons of fuel. Firefighters contained and cleaned up the spillage. They then drilled a hole in the tanker to safely drain the fuel into an empty standby tanker.

Firefighters and a Colorado State Patrol trooper scooped up two ducks nearby that were covered in diesel fuel, giving the pair a cleansing, soapy bath. Colorado Parks and Wildlife said on Friday that the two ducks would go through a rehabilitation visit before being released back into the wild.

The off-ramp was shut down for more than four hours by the truck crash as traffic was rerouted.

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