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Community information and help regarding the Conrail train derailment and hazmat incident.
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Train Derailment News Archive

Four train cars overturned into Mantua Creek causing a vinyl chloride chemical spill in Paulsboro, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. (Staff Photo/South Jersey Times)

For an archive of news relating to the Paulsboro Conrail Train Derailment, visit this link: Train Derailment Photos

View the photo gallery for the Paulsboro Train Derailment here:


Official NTSB Accident Report

You can view the synopsis of the official National Transportation Safety Board's Railroad Accident Report here. This report includes a summary of the accident, probable cause, conclusion, and recommendations.

Access the accident report here:


Public Assistance Locations and Hotlines

A new swing bridge over Mantua Creek is expected to be operational by September 2014, according to a spokesman for the bridge’s owner, Conrail. In the meantime, the current span will remain in use but the waterway that passes underneath will remain inaccessible to boaters until construction is complete.


The county is warning Paulsboro residents to be aware of door to door scam artists in the area. For more information on identity theft and scams, please contact the county Office of Consumer Affairs at 856-384-6855


Public Assistance Center:

541A Mantua Ave. in Paulsboro, next to the Paulsboro Wrestling Club.

For assistance including lodging, clothing, food (groceries and area restaurants), gasoline, childcare, laundry services, pharmacy services, provisions for pets and other services for evacuees. Special needs transportation and services are also available.

Representatives will be available to assist with any issues that have arisen due to this incident.

The Public Assistance Center regular hours have been temporarily suspended. Appointments can be made by calling 856-599-1657.

Health Hotline (staffed by CTEH)

Gloucester County Mental Health Hotline (staffed 24/7)

Selected Websites


Facts About Vinyl Chloride

What is Vinyl Chloride?

  • Vinyl Chloride is a manufactured substance that does not occur naturally
  • Used to make PVC which is used in a variety of common plastic products such as pipes, cable coatings, packing materials etc.
  • Also known as Chloroethene, Chloroethylene, ethylene monochloride
  • Colorless gas
  • Has mild, sweet odor
  • Burns easily is not stable at high temperatures
  • Is heavier than air and can travel along the ground

How are people exposed to vinyl chloride?

  • Most cases of vinyl chloride exposure occur in the workplace (plastic industries, hazardous waste sites, landfills)
  • Exposure can occur through breathing, skin contact. People can also be exposed by drinking or cooking with contaminated water.

How can Vinyl Chloride affect my health?

  • Exposure may cause eye or throat irritation, headache, shortness of breath.
  • Breathing high levels of Vinyl Chloride can cause dizziness and/or sleepiness
  • Breathing very high levels can cause loss of consciousness
  • Breathing extremely high levels can cause death

Can a Medical Test determine exposure to vinyl chloride?

  • Vinyl chloride can be found in urine and body tissue after recent exposures.
  • Seek medical advice if you think you have any symptoms related to chemical exposure

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