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Tractor-Trailer Carrying Nuclear Waste Stranded With Flat Tires

September 24, 1986

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) _ A steel-reinforced tractor-trailer carrying low-level nuclear waste suffered two flat tires and was stranded on a highway Tuesday night, but the load wasn’t damaged and residents weren’t endangered, authorities said.

″There is no leakage,″ said Dusty Perkins, a spokesman for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.

The truck was en route to the Chem-Nuclear Inc. disposal facility in Barnwell, S.C., from the River Bend Nuclear Station in St. Francisville, La., when it pulled off U.S. Highway 61 with the flat tires, Perkins said.

Officials were notified about 10 p.m. from the Adams County Civil Defense office, he said.

A concrete-and-steel canister containing the wastes was sitting upright on the shoulder of the road about five miles north of Natchez, he said.

Company officials were notified, as were the state Highway Patrol and Health Department.

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