Derailment Sends Chemical Tank Cars Into NJ Creek

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Friday, November 30, 2012

More than a dozen people are being evaluated for possible respiratory problems after a freight train derailed on a bridge in southern New Jersey and dumped several tanker cars carrying hazardous materials into a creek.

Officials at Underwood-Memorial Hospital say 11 people have been transported with complaints related to the rail accident in Paulsboro and five more arrived on their own. The hospital's communication's office says all are believed to have complained of having respiratory problems.

Residents in three towns were told Friday morning to stay inside after the derailment.

At least one tanker car was believed to contain vinyl chloride. Exposure to the gas at high levels can cause dizziness and drowsiness.

The cause of the accident hasn't been determined.


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