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Last Car Removed from Derailed Train

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 5:09am

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PAULSBORO, N.J. (AP) — Workers have removed the final tanker car that was part of a freight train that derailed more than two weeks ago in southern New Jersey.

Recovery efforts are now focused on repairing a swivel-style bridge over Mantua Creek in Paulsboro where the accident occurred.

A ruptured tanker car released vinyl chloride when seven cars of the 84-car train derailed on Nov. 30.

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The gas, used to make PVC plastic, led to the evacuation of more than 329 families and businesses. No one was seriously sickened, though dozens were checked out at a hospital.

Federal Railroad Administration officials will inspect the track and the bridge's locking mechanism before the span will reopen.

The National Transportation Safety Board could issue a preliminary report on the derailment sometime this week.

 

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