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BERTHOLD, ND – A semi-trailer payload transporter containing missile parts from Minot Air Force Base overturned Monday afternoon on a gravel road near Berthold, ND. Military officials said Tuesday it could take a week to clear the site in north central North Dakota. Air Force officials said that the payload transporter from the base’s 91st Missile Wing overturned about 10 miles northwest of Berthold in Mountrail County.
Officials say that the vehicle was not carrying nuclear materials, but were concerned about rocket fuel spilling. Although there was only a small amount of liquid rocket fuel on board, they see no danger of an explosion.
The payload transporter was carrying unarmed rocket engine parts for Minuteman III missiles but no nuclear material, according to Air Force spokeswoman Laurie A. Arellano. Arellano also said that there were no injuries and that the crash is under investigation.
Arellano also stated that the equipment must be tested to make sure it is safe to move. The process could take from a couple of days to a week. Arellano also states that Military and local law enforcement agencies are guarding the truck and its shipment.
The Minot base is home to about 4,800 active-duty military personnel and is the command center for about 150 Minuteman III missiles. The intercontinental ballistic missiles are sunken into hardened missile silos in north central and northwestern North Dakota. The Minot Air Force Base is one of the nation’s two B-52 bomber bases.
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