People In Three Nearby South Jersey Towns Advised To Stay Inside After Train Derailment

Filed in National by on November 30, 2012

Officials are advising residents in three New Jersey towns to stay inside after a freight train and other tanker cars derailed and spilled toxic materials in a southern New Jersey creek on Friday, the Associated Press reports.

The advisory was issued in the towns of Paulsboro, West Deptford and East Greenwich Township.

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  1. socialistic ben says:

    stay inside, close their windows and turn on their fine particulate hepa-filters…. Let’s hope these chemicals recognize a closed door.

  2. cassandra_m says:

    But no one is going to mount an evacuation where everyone has to don Level B PPE to go outside. Much less monitor the fire hazard. The real question here is what happened to this bridge? It was rebuilt 3 or 4 years ago after it failed derailing coal cars.

  3. puck says:

    Apparently the derailment was caused by crumbling infrastructure – the bridge collapsed.

  4. cassandra_m says:

    So for some reason I was reading all day (or maybe just overheard in a conversation) that these cars were carrying vinyl chloride. It’s vinyl nitrate, which can be explosive, but PPE around this is more like a half mask respirator with cartridges. Still not good for exposure to the community. Sounds like it will take awhile for this to be cleaned up.

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