New Jersey troopers sue over gas from train derailment

Emergency and hazmat crews responded to the scene of a train derailment on a bridge spanning the Mantua Creek near the Delaware River in Paulsboro, New Jersey Friday morning. The derailment happened around 7:00 a.m. near N Commerce Street. Four train cars fell off the bridge and into the water below. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection said their preliminary information on the cars that hit the water is that one rail car had vinyl chloride and one rail car had propane.

May 30, 2013 5:32:18 AM PDT
Six New Jersey state troopers are the latest to sue over a chemical released last year when a train derailed.

The troopers, who responded to the November 30th accident, say the train company Conrail put first responders in peril by ignoring problems in a rail bridge.

One of the derailed cars leaked some 100,000 pounds of vinyl chloride. The gas has been linked to several health problems in people who are exposed to it over time.

The company has not filed a legal response. But in other lawsuits over the spill, the company has said it should not be held totally liable because it is required by law to move hazardous materials.

The Courier-Post of Cherry Hill reports more than 250 people have now sued over the spill.