Truck carrying 40,000 lbs of cheese crashes on Colorado freeway

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COMMERCE CITY, Colorado (KDVR) — A semitrailer loaded with 40,000 pounds of cheese crashed on a Colorado freeway Monday morning, splitting in half and causing a traffic nightmare on the toll road.

The crash happened about 6:30 a.m. at East 96th Avenue in Commerce City when the truck hit the bridge and went into the center median, the Colorado State Patrol said.

Traffic was diverted off the toll highway at East 96th Avenue then back on, but one lane was later reopened. Traffic was backed up about 2 miles to East 112th Avenue.

The state patrol said the cheese would need to be unloaded before the truck could be towed. It termed it a “long-term project” that could last until at least noon.

An alternate route would be to exit at East 120th Avenue then go east to Tower Road.

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