Train derails in New Jersey sending toxic chemicals into a creek

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

trainPAULSBORO, N.J. — A bridge collapsed in the West Deptford area of New Jersey Friday, sending several train cars carrying toxic chemicals crashing into a creek below, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

Vinyl chloride, a highly toxic and flammable chemical is believed to be leaking into the creek, Petty Officer Nick Ameen told CNN. No casualties have been reported, but some people in the immediate area have been evacuated.

Residents told CNN affiliate WPVI they smelled an odor in the area.

The Coast Guard is not in a search and rescue mode, Ameen said. Coast Guard crews, he said, are heading to the scene to stop the leak and begin cleanup operations.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.