Contaminated soil was spilled and a driver injured when a truck tipped onto its side Tuesday at the Hanford nuclear reservation, according to Washington Closure Hanford.
A semi-tractor was hauling a load with a 25-ton capacity container loaded with soil contaminated with lead from the area near the D and DR Reactors.
It was on Route 3 North headed toward the Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility in central Hanford at the time of the 8:55 a.m. crash.
The driver was taken to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland and was expected to be there overnight, but his injuries did not appear to be life threatening.
A fixative was applied to the spilled soil and cleanup of the soil is expected to begin today.
The waste was not believed to be contaminated with radioactive material, and the spill was checked to confirm that.
Washington Closure is continuing to investigate the accident. No cause has been determined, but patches of freezing fog made some roads in the Mid-Columbia icy Tuesday morning.