UPDATE: Nuclear Decommissioning Authority say there was no public threat from Silverdale train collision

Lancaster And Morecambe Citizen: The scene of last night's accident The scene of last night's accident

OFFICIALS at the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority have said there was no threat to public safety after a train from Sellafield collided with a car near Silverdale last night.

Communications manager Matt Legg said the wagon, travelling to Berkeley, Gloucestershire, was empty. 

He added: "There was no nuclear material in the wagon, which ordinarily carries spent fuel in a container, within a flask.

"The flasks also have a number of internal barriers – they are highly robust and subject to extremely high levels of safety standards and testing, so even if it had been carrying material, there would have been no danger to the public.”

 

The car was dragged 300 metres down the track after being hit by the freight train at around 7.10pm.

Fortunately the male driver of the car, 46, got out of the vehicle before it was struck.

The driver of the empty freight train was unhurt, but being treated for shock.

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8:46pm Wed 15 Jan 14

marianneb says...

according to findings from the National Radiological Protection Board constantly reused empty flasks can be much more contaminated on the outside than a new full flask. Not only the flasks but the train carrying the waste can be contaminated..this is well documented. The independent testing in Lancashire RADMIL has long since been disbanded so how does the NDA know there was no risk .. And would they be likely to tell us? Were the rescue crew cutting the car away from the train advised on how much time to spend in proximity to the flasks and train? Each nuclear train whether there is an accident or not poses accumulative risk to the public and the only reason the trains are hurtling through towns and villages is to take spent fuel to Sellafield for insane reprocessing making the wastes more dangerous and producing fuel that no one wants ..http://mariannewil
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according to findings from the National Radiological Protection Board constantly reused empty flasks can be much more contaminated on the outside than a new full flask. Not only the flasks but the train carrying the waste can be contaminated..this is well documented. The independent testing in Lancashire RADMIL has long since been disbanded so how does the NDA know there was no risk .. And would they be likely to tell us? Were the rescue crew cutting the car away from the train advised on how much time to spend in proximity to the flasks and train? Each nuclear train whether there is an accident or not poses accumulative risk to the public and the only reason the trains are hurtling through towns and villages is to take spent fuel to Sellafield for insane reprocessing making the wastes more dangerous and producing fuel that no one wants ..http://mariannewil dart.wordpress.com/2 014/01/15/nuclear-tr ain-crash-at-silverd ale/ marianneb
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9:00pm Wed 15 Jan 14

marianneb says...

Anyone got a Geiger counter? Some of the stuff cut away will be nuclear waste?
Anyone got a Geiger counter? Some of the stuff cut away will be nuclear waste? marianneb
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