Trooper stops truck with radioactive waste |

Trooper stops truck with radioactive waste

Jane Stebbins

SUMMIT COUNTY – An equipment violation on a semi truck led to the discovery of 40,000 pounds of low-level radioactive waste that the driver was trying to transport illegally through the Eisenhower Tunnel at midnight Dec. 22, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

Hazardous materials must be transported over U.S. Highway 6 on Loveland Pass.

According to Colorado State Patrol reports, the driver was driving westbound on the interstate when Trooper Lloyd Smith noticed an equipment violation on the vehicle and stopped the driver, at which point the trooper found the truck was carrying the radioactive waste.

A more thorough investigation found other violations leading Smith to take the driver out of service. The State Patrol contacted the Missouri-based shipping company to notify them, and issued two misdemeanor summons to the driver. The shipping company will also be monitored to make sure its drivers comply with hazardous materials rules.

Neither the name of the driver, nor his hometown, were available.