Northbound I-25 near downtown Colorado Springs was closed for nearly eight hours Thursday morning after a milk tanker truck crashed.

The tanker overturned on I-25 just south of Bijou Street shortly after 4 a.m. and skidded along the roadway, police said.

The driver was extricated by Colorado Springs Fire Department crews and was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to Colorado Springs police. There was no update on the driver's condition by noon Thursday.

The tanker sat on its side for hours while diesel fuel and milk spilled from the truck onto the highway. While two cranes and fire crews worked to pull the truck upright, northbound traffic was diverted from I-25 onto North Nevada Avenue. Traveling on northbound Nevada Avenue through the Springs was slow going all morning.

 

Around 10 a.m. the truck was pulled upright and a couple of hours later the road was cleared for travel again.