(Image source: Philadelphia Inquirer)

BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN

A train derailment in New Jersey has several of the freight’s cars leaking hazardous materials into nearby waterways.

Local officials say a railroad bridge collapsed, causing the train to derail. The Coast Guard evacuated the area around the bridge, and three area schools were put on lockdown. (VIDEO VIA WPVI)

WBIN: “...is leaking a chemical called vinyl chloride which is considered toxic, highly flammable.”

NECN: “More than a dozen people are apparently having difficulty breathing - after they were exposed to the chemical.”

It happened Friday morning. The tracks run over a creek that empties into the Delaware River.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, vinyl chloride, the leaking chemical, causes dizziness, drowsiness and headaches. The agency warns chronic exposure could “increase the risk of a rare form of liver cancer.”

It’s used to make PVC, which is used to make things like pipes and packaging materials.

At last check, at least 18 contractors working in the area reported respiratory distress according to local authorities.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the bridge that collapsed Friday is privately-owned and maintained by Conrail, and, as it turns out, its inspection records aren’t public. The Inquirer’s Paul Nussbaum reports — it actually gave way three years ago, too.

“The swing bridge … buckled on Aug. 23, 2009, and derailed part of a 50-car train of coal on its way to a power plant plant in Salem County.”

There were no reported injuries in that derailment, but the Inquirer reports a Conrail spokesman declined comment on the bridge’s recent inspection history.

Train Derails in New Jersey, Causes Chemical Leak

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Nov 30, 2012

Train Derails in New Jersey, Causes Chemical Leak

(Image source: Philadelphia Inquirer)

BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN

A train derailment in New Jersey has several of the freight’s cars leaking hazardous materials into nearby waterways.

Local officials say a railroad bridge collapsed, causing the train to derail. The Coast Guard evacuated the area around the bridge, and three area schools were put on lockdown. (VIDEO VIA WPVI)

WBIN: “...is leaking a chemical called vinyl chloride which is considered toxic, highly flammable.”

NECN: “More than a dozen people are apparently having difficulty breathing - after they were exposed to the chemical.”

It happened Friday morning. The tracks run over a creek that empties into the Delaware River.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, vinyl chloride, the leaking chemical, causes dizziness, drowsiness and headaches. The agency warns chronic exposure could “increase the risk of a rare form of liver cancer.”

It’s used to make PVC, which is used to make things like pipes and packaging materials.

At last check, at least 18 contractors working in the area reported respiratory distress according to local authorities.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the bridge that collapsed Friday is privately-owned and maintained by Conrail, and, as it turns out, its inspection records aren’t public. The Inquirer’s Paul Nussbaum reports — it actually gave way three years ago, too.

“The swing bridge … buckled on Aug. 23, 2009, and derailed part of a 50-car train of coal on its way to a power plant plant in Salem County.”

There were no reported injuries in that derailment, but the Inquirer reports a Conrail spokesman declined comment on the bridge’s recent inspection history.

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