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Dense Fog Delays Cleanup of N.J. Train Derailment

December 2, 2012

By The Associated Press

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PAULSBORO, N.J. - Heavy fog is delaying plans to start clearing a train derailment that caused a chemical spill and the evacuation of a 12-block area in Paulsboro, N.J.

Officials say they are waiting for a safe time to try to pump vinyl chloride out of a damaged tanker. They plan to use a crane to remove the derailed cars.

Investigators say a signal may have malfunctioned on a southern New Jersey bridge where the train derailed over a creek, causing the hazardous chemical to spew into the air. No serious injuries have been reported, but more than 70 people went to a hospital. An evacuation order remains in effect over several blocks.

National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman is expected to provide updates at a Sunday morning news conference on the investigation of the Friday morning accident.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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Story Image: A containment boom floats in Mantua Creek Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, near freight train tank cars that derailed Friday in Paulsboro, N.J. (Mel Evans, AP)

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