New Jersey VCM railcar accident caused $721,114 in damages

17 December 2012 18:26  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--A New Jersey train derailment in late November involving spilled vinyl chloride caused initial damages totalling $721,114 (€548,046), a federal report said on Monday.

Three of the seven tank cars that derailed on 30 November in Paulsboro carried the chemical, with another containing ethanol, according to the preliminary report on the accident by the the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

The cars derailed after a train bridge collapsed. The report did not say what might have caused the collapse.

The maximum authorised speed bridge is 180000*.4536

10 miles/hour (16.09 km/hour). The locomotive event recorder data showed that the train was traveling 7 miles/hour when it derailed, the NTSB said.

Conrail, the operator of the 82-car freight train, said one tank car released approximately 180,000 lbs (81,648 kg) of vinyl chloride into a creek and the surrounding area, according to the report.

After the accident, 22 local residents were treated and released at nearby hospitals. The conductor of the train was also treated and released.

($1 = €0.76)

By: Lane Kelley
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