NJ town's evacuation expanded after derailment

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 4, 2012 at 4:49 pm •  Published: December 4, 2012
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Moore said the Coast Guard and other agencies hope to get the remaining 600 to 800 gallons of vinyl chloride out of the breached tanker car by Sunday by dissolving it into a liquid and pumping it out.

Since Friday, the evacuation area was expanded and residents of the entire community were told to shelter in place and keep their windows shut. The latest shelter-in-place order was lifted Tuesday after about 22 hours in effect. But on a day with temperatures over 60 degrees, many people in town were out walking.

Conrail, which owns the rail line, is paying for hotel rooms, meals and other expenses for residents who cannot stay in their homes. A company spokesman said 100 more hotel rooms were reserved for people being told to get out.

A gym at Kingsway High School in Woolwich has also been set up as a shelter, though it was not clear how many people might need it.

National Transportation Safety Board inspectors have been staying away from the accident site until the hazardous material is removed.

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