Interstate 25 reopens at Colorado City after semi fire

Firefighters from the Rye Fire Department put out a semi fire on northbound Interstate 25 in Colorado City Friday morning. _ Colorado State Pat_316267

COLORADO CITY, Colo. — The northbound lanes of Interstate 25 were closed for most of Friday due to a semi fire.

The Colorado State Patrol said a La Jara-based semi loaded with about 30 tons of bailed hay crashed and caught fire around 3:15 a.m. Friday. The crash happened when the semi blew a tire, causing the driver to lose control and hit a guardrail. The semi then rolled onto its side, and the cab burst into flames, catching the load of hay on fire.

A witness helped the driver, 69-year-old Alfred Clauch, out of the cab. He was treated for his injuries at a Pueblo hospital.

The interstate reopened around 3:30 p.m., after crews cleaned up the crash.

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