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In late August, an electric train crashed in Slavutych, Ukraine. The train was used to transport workers back and forth to the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. While no official reason for the accident has been released, it appears the driver was drunk and driving the train at a very high rate of speed. No injuries were reported.

Here are 2 photos from the scene:

Slavutych Train Accident
Slavutych Train Accident

A new agreement between Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers and the government of Belarus provides simplified procedures for the passage of automobiles on the Belorussian road connecting Slavutych and the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant. Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko and Belorussian President Alexander Lukashenko attended the agreement’s signing ceremony on January 21, 2009.

The accord will introduce new passes for specialists, foreign experts, vehicles and goods involved in the implementation of international projects at the Chernobyl plant. Participants in such efforts will be exempt from customs inspections.

Americans Living in Slavutych Near Chernobyl

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ABC News has an interesting article and accompanying video (“Living Near Chernobyl”) on their website about an American Radiation Protection Physicist, Joel Hoyt, who with his family has moved from their home in Washington state to Slavutych, Ukraine.

Hoyt works at the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant, working on the Chernobyl Shelter Implementation Program. He spends his days tracking radiation leakage from cracks in the Sarcophagus structure, and develops maintenance plans to insure the safety of workers and citizens in nearby communities.

The story and 3-minute video focus on Hoyt, his wife Alisa and daughter Jocelyn (their son Trevor is also with them). Jocelyn is the only American in her class. She speaks and sings Ukrainian, serving as a translator for reporter David Wright.

This is definitely worth a quick look.

Additional Information

The Hoyts moved to Slavutych in late 2005 and live in a 3-bedroom cottage. Alisa is home-schooling Trevor while Jocelyn attends a local kindergarten. Trevor plays soccer and Jocelyn takes dance lessons.

Joel Hoyt works for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and has been involved in an international effort to stabilize the existing Sarcophagus.

Slavutych is a small city with a population of approximately 25,000, and was built in late 1986 as a replacement for Pripyat. The city is located approximately 50 km northeast of the Chernobyl plant. Current employees of the plant are required to live in the city.