New Jersey Train Derailment: Toxic Chemicals Spilled, Residents Evacuated

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By Myles Collier, Christian Post Contributor
November 30, 2012|9:56 am

A train in carrying toxic chemicals has reportedly crashed in southern New Jersey after the bridge it was crossing collapsed, sending toxic chemicals into a creek below.

New Jersey's state emergency crews were already at the scene of the freight train derailment and had already begun trying to contain the spill.

The train was crossing a bridge in the West Deptford area of New Jersey Friday morning when the bridge collapsed, sending several train cars filled with toxic chemicals crashing into a creek near the Delaware River, the U.S. Coast Guard has revealed.

The cars contained vinyl chloride, a highly toxic and flammable chemical, and it is believed to be contaminating the creek, Nick Ameen, a U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer, told CNN.

No deaths have been reported, but residents around the creek have been evacuated and nearby schools are currently under lockdown, a borough emergency official stated.

Helicopter footage shows at least two tankers in the creek and one hanging over a trestle, part of which had partially collapsed.

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Residents revealed they smelled an odor in the area and people in the town of Paulsboro were told should stay indoors and to keep all windows closed, a Gloucester County spokeswoman told WPVI.

It's not clear what caused the derailment, which occurred about 17 miles south and across the Delaware River from Philadelphia.

 

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