Report: Contents of two carriages in chemical spill unknown

The contents of two tanker carriages that have fallen into a New Jersey waterway after a bridge collapsed is not known, according to a local media report.

The South Jersey Times cites the Gloucester County Freeholder director Robert Damminger - a local official - who confirmed that at least one of the carriages contained vinyl chloride.

It also quote county officials as saying that an environmental clean-up firm is attempting to place booms in the waterway to contain the spill.

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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.