Bridge trou­bled be­fore de­rail­ment

Austin American-Statesman - - THE SECOND FRONT -

A Pauls­boro, N.J., bridge where a train de­railed last week, re­leas­ing a haz­ardous chem­i­cal into the air, had a se­ries of rail align­ment prob­lems lead­ing up to the de­rail­ment, the Na­tional Trans­porta­tion Safety Board’s top of­fi­cial said Mon­day. Some of the prob­lems were re­ported the day be­fore Fri­day’s de­rail­ment. A thor­ough in­spec­tion of the bridge and the de­railed cars must wait un­til crews can re­move all vinyl chlo­ride from the area. That work, too, paused Mon­day when vinyl chlo­ride de­tected in the air nearby twice reached an un­safe level.

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