By Joe Messa
Toxic chemicals spilled after a freight train derailment in Paulsboro, New Jersey have raised concerns of residents who fear short or long-term damages. Following the leak, more than 100 residents were evacuated from their homes as Hazmat and emergency crews investigated the area. Officials said there were unsafe levels of vinyl chloride near the crash site, but were unsure of any health effects.
The train spilled thousands of gallons of chemicals into the air and nearby Mantua Creek, forcing hundreds of residents to evacuate their homes and schools to close. Many Paulsboro residents also required medical attention.
The freight train derailed after the bridge over Mantua Creek it was crossing collapsed. Six of the train’s cars fell into the creek. Four of the cars contained vinyl chloride, a colorless flammable gas with a sweet odor that evaporates quickly. Vinyl chloride is used primarily to make polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes. One of the train cars released about 180,000 pounds of the chemical into the creek. Exposure to vinyl chloride via inhalation can cause symptoms such as dizziness, drowsiness, headaches, and even a loss of consciousness. The chemical also may slightly irritate the eyes and respiratory tract.
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