Mexican truck with extremely dangerous radioactive load stolen
6:09 AM, Dec 4, 2013
7:48 AM, Dec 4, 2013
VIENNA (AP) - The UN nuclear agency says a truck carrying an extremely dangerous radioactive substance has been stolen in Mexico.
The International Atomic Energy Agency says the truck was carrying cobalt-60, used for radiotherapy treatment to combat cancer. An IAEA statement Wednesday said the truck was stolen Monday while taking the material to a radioactive waste storage center from the northern city of Tijuana.
It says the heist occurred in Tepojaco, a town near Mexico City, and describes the load as "extremely dangerous" if damaged or removed from its protective shielding.
The statement says that Mexican authorities are searching for the material.