UPDATE: Unified Command Announces Start of Rail Car Removal

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


CLARKSBORO, N.J. — The Unified Command has announced that operations to remove the breached rail car from Mantua Creek began Tuesday.

“Today marks an important step in returning the last Paulsboro residents to their homes,” said Capt. Kathy Moore, the Coast Guard incident commander. “We are committed to continuing cleanup efforts as safely and swiftly as possible.”

While heavy equipment and work crews remain at the derailment site for rail car removal, an evacuation order remains in place for approximately 30 residents who live closest to the derailment site.

Following removal of the breached rail car, in the coming days teams will remove three derailed cars containing vinyl chloride on the east side of the East Jefferson Street Bridge. Once these four derailed cars have been removed, crews will work 24 hours a day to repair the train track and bridge.

After track and bridge repairs are complete, crews will remove the two final derailed rail cars containing vinyl chloride and ethanol near the west bank of Mantua Creek.

Anyone who has been impacted by the derailment can call the community assistance hotline at 1-800-230-7049 for help. The official news and information site for the Paulsboro derailment is www.paulsbororesponse.com.

Media may contact the Joint Information Center at 856-423-7624, ext. 125 for more information.

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