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5th District Public Affairs

U.S. Coast Guard

News Release

Date: Nov. 30, 2012

Contact: PADET Atlantic City

Office: (609) 813-3889

PHOTO UPDATE: Coast Guard, locals respond to freight train derailment near Paulsboro, NJ

Responders from Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay, in partnership with several emergency response agencies, assess a train derailment in Paulsboro, N.J., Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. The train, reported to be carrying vinyl chloride, derailed after the railway bridge crossing Mantua Creek collapsed. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cindy Oldham
Emergency responders assess a train derailment in Paulsboro, N.J., Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. The train, reported to be carrying vinyl chloride, derailed after the railway bridge crossing Mantua Creek collapsed, which prompted a multi-agency response. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cindy Oldham A train, reported to be carrying vinyl chloride, is derailed in Paulsboro, N.J., Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, after the railway bridge crossing Mantua Creek collapsed. The derailment prompted a multi-agency emergency response. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cindy Oldham Responders from Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay, in partnership with several emergency response agencies, assess a train derailment in Paulsboro, N.J., Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. The train, reported to be carrying vinyl chloride, derailed after the railway bridge crossing Mantua Creek collapsed. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cindy Oldham

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard and local authorities are responding Friday to a report of a freight train derailment in Mantua Creek near Paulsboro, N.J.

Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay watchstanders were notified at approximately 7:30 a.m. of a train derailment at the East Jefferson Street Railroad Bridge over the Mantua Creek.

Authorities are in the process of assessing what materials have been spilled from any damaged container cars. The cargo was initially reported to be vinyl chloride and other industrial materials.

Local authorities have evacuated the area in a half-mile radius. A one-mile safety zone on the water to the north and south of the bridge has been established.

Sector Delaware Bay personnel along with the Coast Guard National Strike Team and the crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Capstan, a tug homeported in Philadelphia, are responding.

Seven railroad cars are reported to have derailed three are reported to be in the water.

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