Hazmat, Industrial Firefighting

New Jersey Train Derailment Sickens Dozens

People in three southern New Jersey towns were told to stay inside after the freight train derailed and several tanker cars carrying hazardous materials toppled from a bridge and into a creek, reports the Associated Press.

The freight train derailed Friday on a railroad bridge that has had problems before. A delicate operation lies ahead, as a huge crane was being brought from New York Harbor to pick up the dangling tanker cars.

The accident happened when a train with two locomotives, 83 freight cars and a caboose made its way from Camden to the industrial town of Paulsboro, just across the river from Philadelphia International Airport.

Cars from a train operated by CSX went off the rails on a swing-style bridge, owned by Conrail, over Mantua Creek.

Seven cars derailed, including two box cars on stable ground and five on the bridge. NTSB chairman Deborah Hersman said four tankers were partially in the creek.

One tanker containing 25,000 gallons of vinyl chloride was sliced open in the accident and some of the gas spewed into the air, while the rest turned into a solid and settled into the bottom of the tanker.

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