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News Release

December 01, 2012

East Jefferson St. Bridge Derailment

Contact: Joint Information Center


Office: (609) 677-2204

UPDATE: Unified Command continues response to chemical spill following train derailment

CLARKSBORO, N.J. — A Unified Command consisting of the Coast Guard, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, Paulsboro Fire Department, and Conrail continues to coordinate cleanup and monitoring operations Saturday following the derailment of seven train cars Friday near the East Jefferson Street Bridge, which crosses Mantua Creek.

One train car carrying vinyl chloride began to leak after the derailment. Following the release, multiple teams were dispatched to monitor air quality in the area surrounding the incident. In addition, teams are collecting water samples throughout the creek to test for the presence of vinyl chloride in the water.

Response teams also assessed the breached tank car Saturday to determine how much vinyl chloride remained inside.

The precautionary evacuation of 12 city blocks nearest the incident remains in effect.

Conrail continues to operate a public assistance center located at the Paulsboro Fire Department, 1502 Swedesboro Ave., Paulsboro, N.J. The center will be open Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For those coming to the center, please bring a form of identification to help expedite assistance. Impacted persons may also call toll-free: 1-800-230-7049

Media may contact the Joint Information Center at 856-423-7624, ext. 125 for more information.

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