Note: This story was last updated at 6:45 p.m.
Oak Ridge Turnpike re-opened near Big Turtle Park after about 1.5 hours Wednesday afternoon after authorities investigated a possible hazardous materials situation involving a truck pulling a flatbed trailer with two cargo containers marked radioactive.
The Turnpike was closed between Montana Avenue and Newport Drive at about 12 p.m. Wednesday. It re-opened after the truck and trailer were moved to a parking lot at Big Turtle Park near the dog park and a soccer field.
At about 1:30 p.m., the Oak Ridge Police Department and Oak Ridge Fire Department escorted the truck and trailer through central Oak Ridge to Toxco on Flint Road.
It wasn’t immediately clear if there was any hazardous materials detected, although the truck and its containers were presumably deemed to be okay since they were escorted through town, and workers and police officers were standing near them at Toxco. Toxco repackages low-level radioactive waste.
It’s not clear what was in the cargo containers, and Oak Ridge Today hasn’t been able to confirm what prompted the initial stop or call.
There were no immediate reports of injuries or remaining hazards. The Oak Ridge Fire Department is expected to issue a press release, possibly this afternoon.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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