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updated: 12/3/2012 9:14 AM

Air quality raises concern at N.J. train wreck site

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  • A containment boom floats in Mantua Creek Saturday near freight train tank cars that derailed Friday in Paulsboro, N.J. Residents in an area of about 12 blocks near the derailment remain out of their homes as officials continued their efforts to clear a hazardous gas that spewed from a ruptured freight train car.

      A containment boom floats in Mantua Creek Saturday near freight train tank cars that derailed Friday in Paulsboro, N.J. Residents in an area of about 12 blocks near the derailment remain out of their homes as officials continued their efforts to clear a hazardous gas that spewed from a ruptured freight train car.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

PAULSBORO, N.J. -- Officials have stopped work at the site of last week's train derailment in southern New Jersey after unsafe chemical levels were found in the air.

Officials ordered Paulsboro residents to stay inside and closed the schools when air quality monitoring detected unsafe levels of vinyl chloride around 6 a.m. Monday.

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They dropped below unsafe levels by 9 a.m., but the shelter-in-place order remained.

More than 100 residents have already been evacuated as a precaution while workers tried to remove the hazardous chemical from a ruptured tanker car.

Federal investigators said Sunday that Conrail crews had studied reported signal problems at the railroad bridge where the derailment occurred.

The NTSB is reviewing records with a focus on the reported signal problems and a 2009 train derailment on the same bridge.

Dozens went to a hospital with breathing and other issues after Friday's derailment. No serious injuries were reported.

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