By Matthew Arco | November 30th, 2012 - 11:47am
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TRENTON – Senate President Steve Sweeney is calling on local officials to take every precaution necessary to ensure public safety in Paulsboro following the derailment of a train carrying hazardous chemicals.

Sweeney issued the statement Friday after a train reportedly carrying vinyl chloride, a highly toxic and flammable material, derailed at a crossing near the Delaware River, according to emergency officials. The toxic chemical is said to be leaking from at least one of the derailed cars.

“I want to assure residents that emergency crews are working diligently on the scene to help contain the spill. We ask that those in the area please remain in their homes or places of business until further notice. Gloucester County officials will remain vigilant in keeping the public informed of events as they progress,” Sweeney said in a statement.

“Anyone who believes they need treatment should go to Underwood-Memorial Hospital, located at 509 North Broad Street in Woodbury,” he said. “Those looking for further information can reach out to the Gloucester County Department of Health, Senior & Disability Services at 856-218-4101.”

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