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Tank cars plunge into New Jersey creek after train derailment

Chemical tank cars plunged into Mantua Creek in Paulsboro, NJ after a train derailment. Nov. 30, 2012

Chemical tank cars plunged into Mantua Creek in Paulsboro, NJ after a train derailment. Nov. 30, 2012

PAULSBORO, NJ — Chemical tank cars on a train plunged into a creek that feeds the Delaware River in southern New Jersey Friday following a bridge collapse.

Four train cars carrying vinyl chloride went into Mantua Creek and forced the evacuation of residents in the area.

The Coast Guard worked with numerous agencies to clean up the chemical spill as quickly as possible.Vinyl chloride is a highly toxic and flammable chemical.

A few people in the area reported difficulty breathing after the derailment.