Derailment sends chemical tank cars into NJ creek. Water quality expected to improve.


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Derailment sends chemical tank cars into NJ creek

By By GEOFF MULVIHILL | Associated Press – 11 mins ago

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    Residents are being told to stay in their homes and students are being held inside schools after the train derailment.
PAULSBORO, N.J. (AP) — People in three southern New Jersey towns were told Friday to stay inside after a freight train derailed and several tanker cars carrying hazardous materials toppled from a bridge and into a creek.

Emergency management officials issued the advisory to residents of Paulsboro, West Deptford and East Greenwich Township as a precaution.

At least one tanker car may contain vinyl chloride, Gloucester County Emergency Management director J. Thomas Butts told WPVI-TV.

TV helicopter footage showed at least two tankers in Mantua Creek and one hanging over a trestle, part of which is seemingly collapsed. The creek empties into the Delaware River just across from Philadelphia International Airport.

The Environmental Protection Agency said short-term exposure to high levels of vinyl chloride can cause dizziness and drowsiness.

A spokesman for the state Environmental Protection Department says officials are trying to determine what the cars were carrying.

The Gloucester County Times says 18 people are reported to be having difficulty breathing.

It's not clear what caused the derailment.

Calls to Conrail have not been returned.;_ylv=3

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Exposure to the gas at high levels can cause dizziness and drowsiness.
Anything to keep those trendy Jerseyans dazed, confused, and subdued.


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Damn, it should have been carrying napalm and crashed into Camden. Wipe that asshole of a city off the face of the Earf.