2005-12-01 / Front Page

In the Clear:

A semi tractor trailer carrying low level radioactive product through Michigan’s Upper Peninsula from Canada went off the roadway into the ditch on M-117 in Mackinac County’s Garfield Township Thursday, November 24, causing the road to be closed to traffic between M-28 and US-2 for 18 hours. Although the accident report to be filed by Michigan State Police Newberry Post is incomplete at press time, state police said no hazardous material was released in the accident, there is no known health threat as a result of the incident, and evacuation of the area was unnecessary.

Until the accident report has been completed, the investigation remains open, Trooper Brent Wilson of the Newberry Post told The St. Ignace News Monday. No charges have been made at this time, pending completion of the investigation, Mr. Wilson said.

The truck’s driver, Jason Mathers, 34, of Holbien, Saskatoon, Canada, was transporting radioactive materials used in industrial mining to Blanding, Utah, from Ontario, Canada for Cameco Corporation of Blind River, Ontario, by a Canadian company called RSB Logistics. He drove off the roadway after choking on a piece of jerky, according to police. He was injured and transported to Helen Newberry Joy Hospital in Newberry, where he was treated and discharged.

No hazardous material was released in the accident, said Craig Therrian, a motor carrier officer with the Michigan State Police in St. Ignace, who was on the scene. The truck, he said, was properly marked to notify first responders of its contents, and the materials were appropriately packed to meet low level radiation shipping requirements.

Responding to the incident were Garfield Township and St. Ignace fire departments, Luce County Emergency Medical Services, and Mackinac County Incident Command. A Cameco Corporation hazardous materials team along with a United States hazardous materials team were on the scene to offload cargo Friday, November 25, at which time the product was transported to its original destination in two semi trailers.

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