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Friday, December 16, 2005

Sunken truck salvaged in Hanjiang River, causing no pollution

WUHAN, Dec. 15 (Xinhuanet) -- The truck carrying aqueous alkali which fell into the Hanjiang River Tuesday has been salvaged, which caused no pollution to the water, the environment watchdog of central China's Hubei pro vince said.

At about 12 p.m. Wednesday, all the 32.84 tons of aqueous alkali has been retrieved and relocated successfully, and no leakage was found. The truck was salvaged at 3 a.m. Thursday. Local environment monitor results have confirmed that the water has not been contaminated.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation, while the provincial government has vowed to carry out inspections on major ferry docks to prevent such incidents from happening again.

At around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, the truck overturned due to overloading and fell into the river when it was crossing the Hanjiang River, the main tributary of the Yangtze, by ferry in Hanchuan city. The driver escaped by breaking the window of the sunken truck

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