Truck With Radioactive Material In KY Crash

Paducah, KY. (AP) -- A tractor trailer carrying the radioactive material "uranium hexaflouride" has been involved in a two-vehicle crash at Paducah, but no leaks are reported to have occurred.

The tractor trailer had just left Kentucky's uranium enrichment plant located in the West Paducah community. The truck was carrying four containers of the radioactive material, each containing five-thousand pounds.

Authorities say a pick-up truck ran under the trailer carrying the radioactive material.

McCracken County Sheriff's Deputy Jeremy Partin covered the accident. He says the area has now been cleared.

Officials on the scene say the containers were designed for the type of direct impact they received Thursday. Partin says the driver of the pick-up, Joseph Barlow, suffered minor scrapes and bruises. The driver of the semi was not injured.

Elizabeth Stuckle of the United States Enrichment Company says the containers are going to be taken to a facility near Barkley Airport and placed on another truck. They'll then be on their way to California with the other three trucks for shipping to an overseas customer.

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