Truck Containing Dangerous Cobalt-60 Radioactive Material Stolen in Mexico
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Mexican authorities say a truck containing “extremely dangerous” radioactive material used in medical imaging was stolen by two gunmen on Monday. According to the International Atomic Energy Agency the white Volkswagen work truck, taken from the central Hidalgo town of Tepojaco, was transporting a steel reinforced wooden crate which housed a source containing Cobalt-60 headed for a waste storage center.
A medical teletherapy unit encasing Cobalt-60
The truck’s driver told authorities that two gunmen approached the truck while he was parked at a service station. They tied up the driver and drove away.
The IAEA has issued an international warning:
“At the time the truck was stolen, the source was properly shielded. However, the source could be extremely dangerous…
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