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10/16/02-Longview

Mock Radioactive Accident Staged in Longview

   How well and how quickly can your town's emergency teams handle a chemical disaster? That was the question Longview hoped to answer with a mock accident Wednesday. 

    The drill used this hypothetical situation: A waste transport truck on I-20 crashes into a van which crashes into a tour bus carrying 60 people with several injuries and a possible radio-active leak.        

   Interstate 20 through East Texas is a corridor for radio active waste shipments by the waste isolation pilot plant, or W.I.P.P, out of New Mexico. In the drill, an army of emergency crews flooded to the scene, keeping their distance and stop any victims from leaving. Organizers say the scenario is key for teams to recognize the real danger of a situation. 18 different agencies from all over East Texas took part in the exercise.

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