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A697 reopens after overturned lorry is recovered

The A697 closed at New Moor House.

The A697 closed at New Moor House.

The lorry which overturned spilling canisters of low-level radioactive waste on the A697 yesterday has now been removed and the road has reopened.

It was confirmed earlier today that a small number of the containers had leaked the radioactive waste onto the road..

The lorry was carrying a potentially hazardous substance, however, inquiries have been carried out to establish the level of risk this posed and it has been identified to pose a very low level of potential radioactivity, the risk from the material is very low.

But due to the nature of the substance, it was necessary for each canister from the vehicle to be moved individually. They have all now been removed and only the vehicle remains.

Superintendent Gillian Mitchell, said: “Due to the nature of the material on the lorry it was necessary for each canister to be removed individually, this has now been done. We are grateful to motorists and the local community for their co-operation and understanding.”

 

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