Chemical leak after train derails

A rail bridge has collapsed over a creek in the US state of New Jersey, causing a freight train to derail and to spill hazardous chemicals. 18 people are being treated for breathing difficulties.

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US bridge collapse causes derailed train chemical leak

A rail bridge collapsed over a creek in southern New Jersey, causing a freight train to derail and to spill hazardous chemicals, police said.

Police said vinyl chloride, a highly toxic and flammable industrial chemical, was spilling from at least one of the derailed cars. Credit: CNN

The incident occurred in Paulsboro, New Jersey, at a crossing near the Delaware River, police said. Paulsboro is just over the river from Philadelphia.

Television images of the scene on CNN showed several carriages partly submerged in the creek. Credit: CNN

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