30 November 2012 19:47 [Source: ICIS news]
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HOUSTON (ICIS)--A tank car carrying vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) was among the three that had overturned after a bridge collapsed near Paulsboro, New Jersey, a government official said on Friday.
After a Conrail bridge collapsed, three cars overturned into the Mantua Creek and were leaking, according to a statement by Robert Damminger, Gloucester County Freeholder Director.
It is not known what the other two tank cars were carrying, Damminger said.
So far, 18 people have reported to the Underwood Memorial Hospital, most with sore throats, Damminger said.
The Gloucester County Office of Emergency Management has issued a shelter in place, and school children are sheltered in place in Paulboro, East Greenwich and West Deptford, Damminger said.
The cars overturned after a train bridge collapsed at about 07:00 hours Paulsboro time (12:00 GMT), according to a report published by the Gloucester County Times.
Earlier, the Gloucester County Times reported that the three cars had VCM.
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