Fifteen first responders have filed a lawsuit claiming Conrail was negligent in the aftermath of a train derailment and chemical spill in southern New Jersey last year.
Students leave Paulsboro high school after a full day of classes. Traffic in town seems to be at its normal pace. But almost five weeks after the train derailment and vinyl chloride leak that kept people in their homes or forced evacuations, many are trying to recoup what they say the derailment cost them.
As the cleanup from the Conrail freight train derailment in Paulsboro, NJ continues, people are lining up to sue the rail carrier over the leak of vinyl chloride.
Students headed back to class in Paulsboro public schools this morning, for the first time since a train derailment and chemical spill 11 days ago.
The long wait to return home began slowly coming to an end on Friday for residents of Paulsboro, New Jersey who were forced to evacuate as a result of the train derailment that caused vinyl chloride to leak from a ruptured tanker.
The Coast Guard has made significant progress in dealing with last week’s Conrail derailment and chemical spill, but not enough to sound the all clear. And no one’s quite sure when that’ll happen.
Congressmen Rob Andrews, Frank LoBiondo and Pat Meehan met with officials dealing with the Conrail derailment in Paulsboro Thursday morning in an effort to get some answers.
U.S. Coast Guard officials said Thursday that pumping operations on the breached rail car have been completed, which is a step in the right direction for still-evacuated residents in Paulsboro.
Paulsboro residents met with local, state and federal officials at a sometimes contentious open house information session Wednesday night, nearly one week since a train derailment and chemical leak shook up the borough.
Authorities still can’t give an estimate of how long the cleanup will take, and that’s one of the issues likely to come up at a community meeting scheduled for Wednesday night.
In the wake of the Paulsboro train derailment, South Jersey Congressman Rob Andrews is suggesting the federal government may need to take a more direct role in rail-bridge safety.
Speaking on a conference call on Tuesday afternoon, Rep. Andrews (D-NJ) expressed frustration at the pace of the cleanup of last Friday’s derailment.
The precautionary evacuations in Paulsboro were ordered late Friday, hours after the train derailment, and will likely remain in effect throughout the weekend and possibly longer.
The derailed cars were carrying a chemical called vinyl chloride, which spilled into Mantua Creek.
The vapors of vinyl chloride is the troublesome irritant that some people at a train derailment scene in Paulsboro, New Jersey may have been exposed to.