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Crews Remove Overturned Tractor-Trailer Carrying Uranium on I-40

Posted December 21, 2006
Updated December 22, 2006

— Traffic is moving again on part of Interstate 40 in Johnston County after crews removed an overturned tractor-trailer carrying about 6,600 pounds of a low-grade powdered uranium.

According to the Highway Patrol, the accident occurred shortly before 9 p.m. when the driver lost control of the vehicle and overturned near the Interstate 40/95 interchange at exit 328.

Authorities had to shut down all eastbound lanes of I-40 while crews cleared the wreckage. The roadway reopened to traffic at around 3 a.m. Friday.

A fire marshal at the scene said a husband and his wife were driving the tractor-trailer, traveling from Virginia to the Global Nuclear Facility near Wilmington.

Emergency officials said the threat level was low because the uranium was packed securely in steel and the packaging was not breached. It also had foam and airbags inside.

Crews carefully loaded the container and its contents onto a different truck and continued to the facility.

Both people in the tractor-trailer suffered minor injuries. No other vehicles were involved.

Uranium is a radioactive chemical element. that is an important nuclear fuel. One pound of uranium yields as much energy as 3 million pounds of coal.

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  • sauron Dec 22, 2006

    I only clicked on add comment once, system error...not mine

  • jlmkuw Dec 22, 2006

    1st off, low grade uranium is not harmful. You could sit with a handful of it and there would not be enough radiation to hurt a fly. No, you will not glow green, even though your wife would have liked that(she could have fulfilled her alien fetish)

  • lostinnc2006 Dec 22, 2006

    Terms of Service should include Spam, More then 1 Reply!

  • sauron Dec 22, 2006

    These shipments go directly to the GE Plant in Castle Hayne, north of Wilmington. The uranium is delivered in these huge steel drums that look kind of like bank vaults...practically indestructible. There isnt anything at all shady about it, the uranium arrives and is processed into the fuel rods which then get shipped out to GE's nuclear power plant customers.

  • dodgeram3184bbl Dec 21, 2006

    The better question is, um, why the h*** were they doing this and is it going to nuke us all?

  • jimwilson2005 Dec 21, 2006

    my guess is it was headed to Sunny Point Military Terminal... shady things go on there...

    just google it... it's N.C.'s Area 51

  • dispresol Dec 21, 2006

    Was it going to the Port of Wilmington for export or to GE Nuclear in North Wilmington for processing?