Jackknifed truck contained radioactive waste

A truck containing radioactive waste crashed on I-84 near La Grande Monday afternoon. (OSP photo)

A commercial truck transporting a low level radiation load jackknifed Monday afternoon on Interstate 84 near La Grande, Oregon State Police troopers said. An assessment by the regional Hazardous Materials Response Team out of La Grande Fire Department determined there was no breach or compromise of the container and the vehicles are to be towed to a secondary location before continuing to its original destination in Richland, Wash.

According to Oregon State Police Senior Trooper Marcus McDowell, on Dec. 22, 2008 at approximately 1:15 p.m. a commercial truck pulling a semi-trailer operated by Timothy M Enright, from Corvallis, was westbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 259 when it lost control. The vehicles jackknifed, went off the highway and collided with a rock wall.

Oregon State Police troopers, ODOT and the La Grande Fire Department's Regional Haz Mat Team responded to the scene. The Haz Mat team's on scene assessment indicated no breach of the container with the unidentified load.

Enright was driving for R&R Trucking Inc. and was enroute from Oakridge, Tenn. to Perma Fix Northwest Inc. in Richland, Washington. According to the Perma Fix Northwest Inc. website (http://www.perma-fix.com/northwest/index.html) the company houses "offices, laboratories, and processing facilities for the treatment of Low Level Radioactive and Low Level Mixed Waste."

The right westbound lane was closed since the incident occurred before the truck and trailer are towed to a site in La Grande. Enright was not injured. No enforcement action was taken.

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