Half-full school bus, car, and 18-wheeler with 'radioactive material'

Published: Jun. 9, 2010 at 9:11 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 10, 2010 at 3:42 PM CDT
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LINDALE, TX (KLTV) - LINDALE, TX (KLTV) - Smith County emergency management geared up for a full-scale disaster Wednesday in Lindale.

The emergency drill involved a half-full school bus, a car and an 18-wheeler carrying radioactive material.

A total of 25 emergency response entities were present for the mock accident and although it rained heavily as soon as the drill started, everyone worked together efficiently.

"We set up a unified command," said Tyler Fire Department Captain Jeff Aiken. "We worked together on this drill...we've taken care of the problems as a collective team and that's what it's all about."

To give an idea of the importance of a radioactive waste drill, officials say more than 1,100 shipments of radioactive waste have been shipped through East Texas since 1999 on their way to disposal.

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