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Saturday, 15 February, 2003, 15:22 GMT
Radioactive waste alert after crash
Police light
Police are trying to trace three people
A lorry carrying radioactive waste was involved in an accident which brought traffic to a standstill on a busy trunk road.

The collision, which also involved a car, took place on the Friarton Bridge near Perth.

A temporary exclusion zone was set up around the bridge after the emergency services discovered that the lorry was carrying a small amount of radioactive waste in two sealed containers, as well as industrial batteries.

We are looking to trace three men who were seen running from the scene across the southbound carriageway

Tayside Police spokesman
People living nearby were warned to stay indoors and keep windows and doors closed until tests confirmed there had been no leak.

Tailbacks of up to four miles were reported on the M90, which runs over the road bridge, and A90 trunk road.

Restrictions were lifted later in the day after it was confirmed that the canisters were undamaged.

The lorry and the car both caught fire following the accident in the early hours of Saturday.

However, no-one was injured in the accident.

Abandoned vehicle

Police were working to remove the wreckage of the vehicles from the area.

A spokesman for Tayside Police made an appeal for information about the car's occupants, who are believed to have abandoned the vehicle after the accident.

He said: "We are looking to trace three men who were seen running from the scene across the southbound carriageway.

"They would appear to have abandoned the Ford after the crash."

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