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Report: Health Issues After Paulsboro Train Accident

A New Jersey Health Department survey finds the majority of residents in a town where a train derailed and released a noxious gas reported new or worsening health problems within weeks.

Aerial shot of Paulsboro train derailment
Aerial shot of Paulsboro train derailment (US Coast Guard)

The state report was posted last week on the website of the National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating the November 2012 accident in Paulsboro.

The survey reached residents in person and by mail in the weeks after vinyl chloride was released.Residents reported upper respiratory problems, dizziness and eye irritation.

Symptoms were reported most often by those who were closest to the spill.

Read the full report:Vinyl Chloride Exposure Study of the Community and Local Emergency Responders,

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed)

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