Tractor-trailer from TMI flips on I-81

Written by Gordon Rago and Brett Sholtis/York Daily Record | Nov 19, 2015 2:09 AM

(Hagerstown) -- A tractor-trailer carrying two shipping containers of suits used for radioactive clean-up being transported from Three Mile Island overturned on I-81 Wednesday afternoon, shutting the highway down for about four hours.

The driver, Daniel Bates, 57, of Tennessee, is being charged in the crash, according to Maryland State Police, who determined the cause to be distracted driving.

The crash happened at 5:17 p.m. in the southbound lanes of Interstate 81 near Hagerstown, MD.

David Tillman, spokesman for Exelon Nuclear, said the suits were being transported by an independent, licensed carrier stored in two sealed containers and neither container was compromised in the accident.

The truck's cargo -- bound for disposal in Tennessee -- was considered safe by hazardous material crews and presented no threat to the public, Maryland State Police said.

Later Wednesday night, police said, the tractor-trailer was removed from the scene for a "safe storage lot." The truck was being inspected by the Fort Detrick hazmat team and representatives of the Three Mile Island Facility.

The containers will be re-evaluated for soundness before being removed from the scene.  

This article is part of a partnership between York Daily Record and WITF.

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