Truck carrying radioactive uranium overturns in North Carolina

by Peter Heck · Mar 31st, 2021 4:25 pm

Last Updated Apr 1st, 2021 at 10:58 pm

A truck carrying radioactive uranium crashed on a North Carolina interstate Wednesday, forcing authorities to evacuate drivers from the area. The accident occurred just before noon and blocked all traffic lanes on I-95.

The truck involved was hauling uranium hexafluoride – a radioactive material that is used to make fuel for nuclear power plants. Despite its radioactive nature, however, officials say that the public, as well as emergency personnel, are at minimal risk.

The accident resulted in two of the four containers of uranium hexafluoride falling off the truck, but neither spilled.

"This is not a hazardous waste cleanup," the North Carolina Department of Transportation said in a statement. "The tractor-trailer crashed and turned over, on it's side…We are proceeding to get equipment in place to right-side the tractor-trailer, then haul it away, off the interstate and reopen it."

There were no injuries reported in the accident.


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