Salt Lake City officials
announced Wednesday that hazardous material shipments might be restricted
from passing near Olympic venues during the Winter Games scheduled for February.
Safety officials say they're worried about a spill or release of materials
such as poisonous gas, which could force the shutdown of an Olympic event.
City officials are reportedly
working with the Utah Olympic Public Safety Command and Secret Service to
determine the cost of limiting truck traffic near games sites. Officials are
chiefly concerned about one truck route that runs directly in front of the
Delta Center, which will host numerous competitions. To the west of the city,
railroad tracks lie near a shopping center where hordes of visitors are expected
While officials acknowledge
they cannot prevent all shipments from entering the area, security will be
enhanced at truck inspection stations around Utah.