Last Monday, Comanche Peak nuclear plant declared and Unusual Event, saying only that the emergency had been declared “per emergency plan condition HU 4-1 due to a security event.” Now we know more, thanks to the Dallas Morning News:
The Somervell County Sheriff’s Department is investigating an accident in which a vehicle crashed into an outer security barrier at the Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant shortly after midnight Saturday.
The driver who crashed is a local man whose identify won’t be released until charges are filed, which may happen as early as Tuesday.
He fled the scene on foot but was “subsequently located,” according to Sheriff Greg Doyle.
Doyle said in a written statement Monday that it does not appear that the crash was an attempt to breach plant security. Doyle said his office “has ruled out any kind of intention or plan on the part of the driver in relation to this event. Alcohol is considered to be a contributing factor.”