Mexican authorities search for stolen truck carrying hospital-grade nuclear material

By Land Line staff | Wednesday, December 04, 2013

A massive search is underway in central Mexico for a stolen tractor trailer containing radioactive materials from a hospital, according to several national and international news agencies.

Reuters is reporting the truck, which was carrying cobalt-60 from a hospital in the northern city of Tijuana to a radioactive waste storage facility, was stolen in Tepojaco near Mexico City on Monday. Cobalt-60 is a radioactive isotope used in radiotherapy.

The report states that Mexican authorities are conducting a search for the materials and have issued statements to alert the public, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The truck is a white Volkswagen Worker with license plate 726-DT-8, according to reports.

There was no indication from officials that the truck was headed for the U.S., according to a report from ABC News.

U.S. law enforcement and Department of Homeland Security officials are aware of the theft and working closely with Mexican authorities, a U.S. official briefed on the situation told ABC News.

Border officials armed with radiation detection devices have been alerted. It is unclear who stole the material and if they know what they have, according to the report.

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