Swift Current Rural RCMP and Emergency Response teams remain on the scene north of Swift Current along Highway 4, after a single vehicle rollover earlier Monday.
Just after 12:30 p.m. on Monday, a tractor trailer transporting uranium concentrate rolled over forcing the closure of Highway 4 at Skyline Road in both directions.
An update Monday evening from RCMP says the highway is not expected to re-open until Tuesday morning. Traffic is currently being re-routed and drivers can expect delays in the area.
The Swift Current Fire Department issued a release on Monday afternoon stating that there is no risk to public health or the environment as a result of the uranium spill.
Uranium concentrate spill shuts down Highway 4 north of SC
RCMP say the vehicle involved in a single-vehicle rollover 10 km north of Swift Current on Highway 4 was a tractor trailer hauling uranium concentrate.
Rural RCMP responded to the call just after 12:30 p.m. and secured the scene, along with members of the Swift Current Fire Department.
A HAZMAT team in en route to the scene.
At this point, there are no residences downwind from the scene of the collision and no evacuations are required. All farms within a 1.6 km radius of the collision have been advised of the spill and police remain on scene to monitor the situation. No one was hurt in the crash.
A news release from the Swift Current Fire Department states that the Highway is closed at Skyline Road in both directions.
“The scene of the accident has been secured and traffic is being diverted. An emergency response contractor has been dispatched to the scene to assess the situation and secure and transport the container. The contractor will also conduct any cleanup that may be required.
Uranium concentrate is classified as a hazardous good. It is toxic and mildly radioactive and should not be ingested or inhaled. It can be safely handled by using basic protective equipment such as respirators and gloves.”
The Fire Department expects no risk to public health or the environment as a result of the spill.
Staff ~ The Southwest Booster boosternews Published on January 11, 2016