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Significant Progress Being Made In Freight Train Derailment Cleanup

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By David Madden

PAULSBORO, N.J. (CBS) – Two weeks after the Conrail freight train accident and chemical spill in Paulsboro the Coast Guard reports significant progress in cleaning things up.

One of the three cars still carrying vinyl chloride has been pulled out of the Mantua Creek and now sits, along with the breached rail car, on a barge that will eventually go to Carneys Point to be drained.

(Captain Kathy Moore  Credit: Dave Madden)

(Captain Kathy Moore Credit: Dave Madden)

Another car is being returned to the tracks. Then attention will turn to a final car with vinyl chloride and another containing ethanol.

Evacuations that had stood at 11 homes are down to a handful, according to Captain Kathy Moore.

“We have relaxed that evacuation down to three homes and a church most impacted by current operations and the VFW is still impacted as well,” says Moore.

A community assistance center will be moving to Mantua Avenue next to the Paulsboro Wrestling Club on Monday.